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Beloved Royal BC Museum mammoth exhibit turns 40

A 'Woolly' birthday

Victoria's Royal B.C. Museum celebrated Woolly the Mammoth's 40th birthday over the weekend.

While mammoths roamed North America millions of years ago, it's been four decades since Woolly went on display – and he's proven to be one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits. 

 

The mammoth is based on a skeleton discovered in an Illinois peat bog in 1931.

A contour map of a full-size mammoth was made, and Styrofoam blocks were used to create the shape of the mammoth. The sections were glued together over a framework of wood and metal, and delivered to the museum.

By January 1979, the mammoth frame was in place and ready to be “dressed.”

Muskox hair was determined to be an appropriate facsimile for mammoth hair.



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