ARE THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS REAL?
The mammals on display are the animal's real skin and fur, glues over a hollow body-shaped form. Most forms
are made of fiberglass or foam. Some are made by a process similar to papier mache, using burlap instead of
paper. Some of the exhibits plants are real, some are replicas made of plastic, fiberglass, or other materials.
WHY ARE THERE REAL ANIMAL IN THE EXHIBITS?
This allows the public to see the most accurate and life-like representation of wildlife, and to see
the animals closer than is usually possible in a zoo or photograph. The museum also uses replicas. However,
replicas may not look as realistic and can be too expensive to create.
WHERE DID THE ANIMALS COME FROM?
Nearly all the animals in the exhibits were donated by Jimmie C. Rosenbruch and his family. Worldwide
Government Wildlife Agencies administered licenses and permits to obtain the nearly 300 species collected
over a lifetime. The collection is appraised at over four-million dollars. The majority of this went
to wildlife management for habitat protection, anti-poaching, and other efforts to preserve wildlife
populations. No animals were collected specifically for this museum.
WHY DOES THE MUSEUM DISPLAY ANIMALS?
Two important reasons are education and research. Wildlife exhibits teach about animals, increase awareness
of ecological issues, and foster support for the preservation of threatened and endangered species. Museum
collections can also be used for research related to evolution, classification, form and function, and conservation.
HOW DO MUSEUM COLLECTIONS HELP RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION?
Animals can be compared to older specimens to analyze in the development of species or subspecies through time
or in comparing specimens from different geographic locations. Hair or other animal parts can be analyzed
to determine genetic changes or effects or pollution. Old collections may contain species that today are
endangered or extinct. By studying these animals, we can learn about their ecological requirements and
identify factors that threaten existing populations. Such information supports arguments for wildlife
reserves and conservation strategies.
WHAT OTHER COLLECTIONS DOES THE MUSEUM HAVE ON DISPLAY BESIDES ANIMALS?
We currently have other exhibits on display. The Museum will have various collections on a rotating basis.
DOES THE MUSEUM STILL ACCEPT ANIMALS?
Yes, the museum accepts species of specific education value. For more information about donating an animal
see contact Dustin Hammer at 435-986-6619.
DO MUSEUMS CAUSE SPECIES TO BECOME THREATENED OR ENDANGERED?
No. Furthermore, the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum does not collect nor does it issue directives to collect
animals. Habitat destruction is responsible for the vast majority of endangered species today. Introduction
of non-native species, has endangered or exterminate many animals. Illegal poaching threatens some
wildlife, especially in Africa and Asia. Regulating hunting has never threatened any species.
WHY ARE THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ON EXHIBIT?
Many of the animals on display were collected as long as 40-years ago. Usually they were common species in
their part of the world. Years later, habitat destruction or sometimes illegal poaching led to their
endangerment. Now these animals serve education and can foster concern to protect wildlife.
MUSEUMS CAN HELP WILDLIFE
Many collections in natural history museums contain hundreds of specimens gathered over the years.
These are a library of nature, organized and protected so that scientist can work with the objects to
increase our collective knowledge.
All living things are members of ecological systems. If we can learn how these ecosystems work, then we
can provide better protection.
To know about wild animals can mean understanding and caring about them. Museums can foster our concern for other
living things and our knowledge of their biological roles. Then we may be motivated to save the places on
this planet for you wild heritage.
"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our children."