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Mammals

Red squirrel mounted by Sheals taxidermistThe mammal collection contains over 2,000 specimens of animal skins, mounts and skeletal material, mainly from Northern Ireland.

An excellent collection of whale and dolphin skeletons has been built up from animals that have become stranded on our shores. One of the world’s rarest species, Gervais’ beaked whale Mesoplodon europaeus, was added to the collection in 1989.

Image caption: red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris (click to enlarge). 

Tasmanian wolf collected by Professor FlynnThere is also a small collection of Australian and Tasmanian animals collected by Professor Flynn, of Queens University Belfast, He was the father of the famous actor Errol. This collection includes a mounted Tasmanian wolf Thylacinus cynocephalus, a species that became extinct in 1936.

Image caption: Tasmanian wolf Thylacinus cynocephalus (click to enlarge)



Minke Whale Minke Whale
Where can you see this Minke Whale skeleton on display? This Minke Whale skeleton is on display in Window on our World in the central atrium. The decomposed body of a nearly mature female minke whale 6.5 metres long was found stranded on the beach at Ballyhenry Bay, Strangford Lough, County D...

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Gervais' beaked whale Gervais' beaked whale
This is the skull of a four metre long, male whale that was found dead on the beach at Ballysadare Bay, County Sligo in January 1989. The animal was brought to Belfast by museum staff and the skeleton was cleaned and prepared for the collections.The presence and location of two teeth, one on...

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Champion Patrick of Ifold Champion Patrick of Ifold
Patrick of Ifold was born on the 17 March 1923, St Patrick's Day and died on 8 May 1931, aged eight years old. He was owned by Mrs Beynon of Broadoak, Sutton-at-Hone, Kent.Patrick was a very famous champion wolfhound during his lifetime. He won his first championship at 14 months old, at the Rich...

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Peter the Polar bear Peter the Polar bear
Peter the Polar Bear is one of the Ulster Museum's most popular exhibits and is on display in the Window on Our World (Nature Zone).  When he died in August 1972 he was presented to the Ulster Museum by Belfast Zoo.He was carefully prepared and mounted for display by the museum’s ...

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