It does feel like there are a lot of eyes watching you all the time though, as there are rows of cases literally bursting with creatures looking out of them.
It's a bit creepy and I find it best to imagine they're all models, instead of once living, breathing animals. Both Bug Mad Girl and I got about half way round before we both said how sad it made us feel to see so many animals killed so that people could look at them. Thankfully we don't do that any more (at least I hope we don't!) and people prefer to watch wildlife in it's natural habitat, taking photos and filming it.
|This lion had a bit of a pained expression|
|Seeing a stuffed red kite makes me sad - better to see|
them flying around!
|How can stuffing this be a good idea?|
The museum also houses many of the specimens that Darwin brought back from the Galapagos Islands. Although most of these are not on display and only available for research.
They even have a dodo on display, although this one is a model.
So, I think we had mixed feelings about our visit. It was interesting to see some of the animals up close and get a real feel for their size and features. But it was also a bit of a sad place, because so much had been killed.
We decided to go and have a quick look at Tring Park, but we'd forgotten our wellies, so didn't get too far (it was very muddy). Looks like a good place to visit again later in the spring.
|15 red kites flying over our house - I guess somebody must have been feeding|