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Conservation methods

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Conserving specimen collections represents a considerable challenge. While taxidermy is the current practice for the conservation of most animals, other techniques are required when it comes to plants, animals with soft bodies, small insects and eggs. Learn about a few methods of conservation, including lyophilisation (freeze-drying) which make it possible to present subjects in a more natural way, specimens that are usually preserved in formalin or alcohol.

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Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Specimen information sheet
Cross Orbweaver

Cross Orbweaver

Specimen information sheet
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