Arab Courier Attacked by Lions
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Maison Verreaux,


dramatic moment was captured by renowned Frech taxidermist and
naturalist Jules Verreaux in 1867. Gold medal winner at the Exposition
Universelle in Paris, “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” was one of the
best-known and most ambitious dioramas of its time. This piece was
acquired and first exhibited in this country by the American Museum of
Natural History in New York. It was also displayed at the Centennial
Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and was widely acclaimed. The
Carnegie purchased this exhibit in 1898 for a mere $50.

scene is set in North Africa in the mid 1800s and depicts a subspecies
of lion now extinct. Barbary lions, once widespread throughout northern
Africa, were exterminated by expanding human civilization early in the
twentieth century.

The restoration of this exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Safari Club International / Pittsburgh Chapter.

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I’ve seen this many times in person, mostly as a kid, when visiting family in PA. Cool to learn more about it.


Other people’s roadkill kit: Trash bags, respirator, knives, gloves
My roadkill kit: Two plastic Walmart bags and my bare hands


Cuban Land Snails-Blaesospira echinus

Blaesospira is a genus of land snails with an operculum, terrestrial gastropod mollusks in the family Pomatiidae. This is a land snail species endemic to Cuba.