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A Room for Wild Animals - The Workshops Rail Museum

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
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Answer the Call of the Wild in Ipswich
Railway Workshops Museum, Ipswich, Queensland
More than a load of old trains

Think you'd like a crack at big game hunting but can't stand the sight of blood? Maybe you would just like to get up close and personal with some wild creatures without the sight of your blood. Well, the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich has a great deal for you. Entry to the exhibition is included with Museum entry.

Wild Animals, Railway Workshops Museum, Taxidermy, Ipswich
Deer, oh deer....

A Room for Wild Animals, Ipswich Railway Workshops Museum, Taxidermy
Oh deer ...

Until November 26th 2017, you have the opportunity to view 20 taxidermy wild animals courtesy of the Queensland Museum. I'm wondering if the stuffed lion is the one I always used to admire while traipsing with my Dad in the 'fifties through the Old Museum in Bowen Hills. Surely it would be a little more moth-eaten by now, although the conservators are nothing less than meticulous in their work.

Lion, taxidermy, a room for the wild animals
Is that you, Leo?

A Room for the Wild, Ipswich Railways Workshops Museum,Tiger
What are you looking at?

Apart from giving folk the opportunity to view these amazing animals at close quarters, there is a serious message behind this exhibition conservation. Although the Chinese government has banned the import and sale of certain animal products such as ivory, the trade continues covertly through ignorance, superstition and greed. Anyone who has admired a mother and teenaged elephant wandering through their campsite while cowering in their 4WD would no more think of using an elephant's leg as an umbrella stand than flying to the Moon. Unfortunately, some of the animals on display are no longer living on the planet.

African elephant, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Safely observing from the car

Elephant umbrella stand, poached ivory

Viewing of this amazing and thought-provoking exhibition is included in the entry fee to the Workshops Railway Museum. Take advantage of getting more bang for your buck (actually some of these are on display) on your next visit.

taxidermy, leopard
I believe spots are in this season

Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens.In this Ipswich first, see these awe-inspiring animals in the flesh. Pulled from the Queensland Museum vaults, A Room for Wild Animals features big cats, bears and deer.

polar bear, taxidermy
I hope this weather cools down soon

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Why? To experience the wonder and variety of wild animals at close quarters
When: Daily except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day from 9.30am to 4pm
Phone: 07 3432 5100
Where: Railway Wokshops Museum, North Street, North Ipswich
Cost: Families (2A 4Chn) $63 to Free for under 3s
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