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4800 W Gates Pass Rd, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8574532.234584 -111.066812
Very problematic lessons for children – You pay to be awed and educated however this museum teaches our children it's alright to snuff the life of and mount animals bodies or heads for our enjoyment. They claim "all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals." The reality is that the museum is the clever brainchild of Safari Club International, a group of wealthy hunters who find "pleasure" in accumulating kills and the accompanying trophies. According to one report, the club's lobbying efforts are targeted at undermining the intent of the Endangered Species Act in the name of "conservation." Aptly called the "museum of death" by its opponents, the museum has worked hard to acquire legitimacy since it first opened in 1998. But all the dioramas in the world don't compensate for the fact that taxidermy displays are a grotesque testament to human hubris and useless educational tools.
If you want to teach your kids about wildlife, go for a walk in the desert or take a trip to the mountains. You can tune in to a National Geographic special or the Discovery channel. Books, even in this day of electronic everything, still provide information to spark the imagination. Whatever you do, avoid the International Wildlife Museum and choose compassion with your dollars.
Great way to see history of animals – My husband and I love animals. I really loved the museum. You have hands on; you can touch the actual animal horns, antlers and fur. This is really a great way to see the history of animals.
This mock-French fortress holds a taxidermied collection of giant wooly mammoths and itty-bitty bugs. – The Scene
Animal-rights activists have denounced it as a game hunter's morbid collection, but this museum has managed to shake off the controversy. School groups and a steady stream of visitors wander this Safari-Club supported, pseudo-medieval fortress that emphasizes conservation and ecology. While it's an educational experience, the hundreds of little glass eyes can also run shivers down your spine.
Four hundred species of mammals, birds and insects are mounted in replicas of their natural habitats. A 32-foot-tall mountain exhibit holds big horn sheep and goats, while hands-on displays let you touch paws, horns and fur. If the taxidermied animals creep you out, escape to the Wildlife Theater. You can safely spend the whole day watching different nature films every hour, on the hour.
Pleasant – Nice place see read and learn about the exhibits has a pleasant atmosphere, worth the time to visit.
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