About 12 years or so ago, I won this photo from an eBay auction ... ... and I was wondering what museum these Zebra mannikins were created for. I had no clue ... zero ... nada ... until today! The reason I even bought it in the first place was because I recognized it had to be from some museum ... somewhere ... and I have a real penchant for all historical aspects of this field. Recognizing it as a museum "publicity" photo, I just had to have it. As it turned out, no one else did, and I got it for a song! Today, as I was going through my files I came across this photo ... Of course our own PA - Stephen Rogers - recognizes this diorama from the Carnegie Museum! Stephen, can you enlighten us with who the Sculptor/Taxidermist was who created the beauties? At any rate, it took me a just seconds to recognize the big Mare in the front of this photo ... it's in the old photo I bought! I always liked the Grant's Stallion in this diorama, and here was his mannikin ... in a different position from the photo of the mounts, but it is him all the same! And personally ... I would LOVE to have a copy of that mannikin! It is GORGEOUS!!! The whole Grant's Zebra "Family" is here in mannikin form ... even the Foal. Why is the little mannikin darker than those of the adults? It has been sealed with Orange Shellac. Remember these are paper forms, and they needed to be sealed and waterproofed before mounting, and Orange Shellac was - and is still - the best material for the job. Notice too the little ones skin has been soaked up in preparation for mounting. You can see the mane hairs are quite damp. Realizing I had just solved a 12-year old mystery ... well for me at any rate ... I immediately set about looking closely at all the individuals in this diorama, and matched them to my "no longer a mystery photo!" The two that stumped me for a few seconds are the mannikins for the Grevy's pair ... Mare and Stallion. But ... their mannikins as the others ... are no longer a mystery! Notice the teeth in the mouth of the Mare! How cool. You have to readily admit, the detail in these mannikins is outstanding! I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I have through the years. Thanks for looking! John.