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The Dodo


In the World Wildlife Gallery, Kendal Museum has on display the most modern scientific reconstruction in the UK. It’s the first Dodo ever to be in the north west of England and has been made by Carl Church, an international award winning bird taxidermist.

The Dodo is the iconic image of extinction, everyone knows the expression ‘Dead as a Dodo’. Kendal Museum has a large collection of worldwide taxidermy containing numerous examples of extinct and endangered wildlife and the history of the Dodo serves as a salutory lesson. At Kendal Museum we take a lead in promoting wildlife conservation with an active education and display programme. The Dodo is an iconic image for Kendal Museum and represents the uniqueness of our collections and our commitment to scientific excellence and education.

The dodo was a flightless bird endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Related to pigeons and doves, it stood about a meter tall, weighing about 20kg, living on fruit and nesting on the ground. No complete specimen exists today anywhere in the world. It is commonly used as the archetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded human history and was directly attributable to human activity.

Dodo – Learn From the Past project

This was a grant funded project planned for the spring term at Kendal museum. 'Dodo – Learn From the Past' was an innovative education programme that highlighted the number of extinct and endangered specimens within the Natural History collection at Kendal Museum.

'Dodo – Learn From the Past' increased the environmental awareness of museum visitors and all working partners involved. The project had an impact on all museum visitors, regardless of age, and within schools and higher education through the outreach and training programme. It had a strong impact on the people of Kendal, further illustrating the unique and priceless natural history collection that the museum holds for local people.

'Dodo Who?' by Marianne Birkby is available to buy from Kendal Museum .