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The Field Museum's campaign to save the stuffed animals 

The Field is raising money to build a new diorama for four striped hyenas shot and mounted by legendary taxidermist Carl Akeley.

Badass taxidermist Carl Akeley and the leopard he killed with his bare hands, 1896

Badass taxidermist Carl Akeley and the leopard he killed with his bare hands, 1896

© The Field Museum

During his first expedition to Africa for the Field Museum, in 1896, Carl Akeley, who would later be recognized as the father of modern taxidermy, collected the skins of more than 500 animals including a lion; impressed a sultan with his taxidermy…

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