Posts categorized as Mammals

No evidence that stoats have impacted on Kapiti Island’s birds

  • North Island saddleback displaying. Photo: Rob Cross
  • Timeline for stoat arrival, detection and the trapping of three individuals on Kapiti Island. The curve shows saddleback count results over the same period (average number of birds counted per 5 minutes), with no apparent reduction during the time that stoats were known to be present. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • A saddleback specimen in the Te Papa collection – an unwilling sentinel species for stoat impacts. Image: Te Papa
  • The skeleton of the male stoat trapped on Kapiti Island in February 2011 is held by Te Papa (LM 2603). Photo: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s premier bird sanctuaries. It is home to nationally important populations of little spotted kiwi, kaka, North Island saddleback, stitchbird and North Island robin, as well as other threatened bird species. The island was considered to be free of all introduced mammal pests after rats were eradicated in 1996…. Read more »

Re-articulation of Phar Lap’s skeleton – bold decisions and expert advice

  • How to mount a horse? Hayden Prujean and Alex Davies discuss the re-articulation of Phar Lap's skeleton. Photo: Te Papa
  • Robert Clendon and Dr Alex Davies discuss the positioning of Phar Lap's left forelimb and scapular. Photo: Te Papa
  • Dr Alex Davies checks the positioning of Phar Lap's thoracic vertebrae. Photo: Te Papa
  • Phar Lap's trunk skeleton imposed on a life-sized image of the mounted skin held in Melbourne Museum. Photo: Te Papa

Phar Lap’s skeleton is one of Te Papa’s best known exhibits. Perhaps the most famous horse ever to emerge from Australasia, the national identity of Phar Lap is as intensely debated each side of the Tasman as is who invented the pavlova. Foaled at Seadown, near Timaru, in 1926, Phar Lap was bought by the… Read more »

Phar Lap exhibition unveiled in Melbourne today!

  • Heart bikkies
  • Horse head bikkies!
  • Carrot cake cupcakes!
  • Phar Lap's skeleton - media madness!

There was a palpable air of excitement around Melbourne Museum< Australia, as people queued and tv crews jostled at the starting gate of the revamped Phar Lap display.  The exhibit was officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Racing, Hon. Rob Hulls, with speeches by Museum Victoria’s Director, Dr. Patrick Greene, and Michael Houlihan, Te Papa’s Chief… Read more »

Skeletons in the closet

Phar lap and skeleton.

There has been some debate about the pose of the mounted skeleton of Phar Lap on display at Te Papa. Using digital photographs, an image of the skeleton has been superimposed over photos of Phar Lap and used to “prove” that the skeleton  has been mounted incorrectly. http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/features/pharlap-168.shtml Unfortunately, the image of the skeleton that has been used was taken… Read more »