François Chanudet was a taxidermist who brought together a collection that mainly included stuffed specimens and skulls, often representing various stages of development and all well documented.
The collection acquisition was carried out in 2014, part as a donation, the other part through a purchase. The set includes 1500 specimens.
Ursus, the polar bear in the Museum of Bordeaux (Ursus maritimus) was added to the central island of the Souverbie Gallery, on the second floor of the Hôtel de Lisleferme.
The skin of this specimen was acquired by the museum in 2011 from an Inuit community in Canada. In accordance with the Washington Convention (which governs international trade in endangered species), only indigenous groups are authorised to hunt and use, in a reasonable manner, the resources derived from this animal.
The Museum of Bordeaux recently saw Kata Kata join its collections, a black rhinoceros from East Africa (Diceros bicornis michaeli).
It was born in a zoo in England in 1990, growing up away from horn hunters, who are mainly responsible for its species being decimated, before joining the Doué-la-Fontaine Biopark.
The animal died tragically from developments after a surgical operation. Its skin was therefore donated to the Museum of Bordeaux which set up public fundraising for the rhinoceros to be stuffed in 2019.
Kata Kata, a real model of the need to protect endangered species, joined the major temporary exhibition Africa, wild savanna.