Among the participants were workers from local history, zoological and geological museums, as well as from nature reserve and national park visitor centres. The training programme included various lectures, a tour of the Darwin Museum and its storage facility, restoration workshops, demonstration lessons, round tables, a tour of the Vernadsky State Geological Museum and other activities.
The University of Tyumen was represented by Ilnur Khalitov, the Head of the Kucken Zoological Museum, research and educational centre for biodiversity of West Siberia and the Arctic. He gave a lecture called “Taxidermy: Craft or Art. Taxidermy Myths and Misconceptions”. After the lecture, several participants expressed their wish to take an internship in taxidermy at the UT Zoological Museum.
“Tyumen taxidermy school is known far beyond the city limits – many specialists, even from the State Darwin Museum, are eager to take an internship at the UT Zoological Museum”, noted Igor Fadeev, principal scientist from the State Darwin Museum.
The Zoological Museum is one of the oldest at UT. It is the only zoological museum in Tyumen region owning systematic collections of regional and world fauna. The museum is located at the UT Institute of Biology, its total area is more than 200 square metres. Alumni of the Institute of Biology are regular participants and winners of Russian and CIS taxidermy championships.