Habitats: museums

The zoological specimens of Blue Antelopes that survive are stored in European natural history collections, in Leiden, Vienna, Uppsala, Paris, Glasgow and Amsterdam.

The image that you clicked on is of the Hunterian Zoology Museum in the 1920s, shortly after it was built. The collection of antlers and horns graced the walls, as can just be seen.

The conditions at Vienna Natural History Museum exemplify contemporary museum conservation practice. The specimens are kept at 50% humidity and at a temperature of 10-11 degrees centigrade.

These controlled atmospheric conditions are essential for the duration of the final remains of this animal. Paradoxically, the atmospheric conditions threatening its former habitat are also influenced by human activity, but seemingly not so easily controlled.