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    Some of the most experienced taxidermists in Africa are at work near Nairobi, Kenya on a large order from the Nigerian Government for a consignment of mounted animals to adorn the Second All-Africa Festival of Art and Culture to be held in Lagos in 1975.

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    Some of the most experienced taxidermists in Africa are at work near Nairobi, Kenya on a large order from the Nigerian Government for a consignment of mounted animals to adorn the Second All-Africa Festival of Art and Culture to be held in Lagos in 1975.

    The order from the Nigerian Government includes complete body mounts of an elephant, a rhinoceros, a hippopotamus and a giraffe with about 25 smaller animals.

    After the Festival is over, the animals will form the nucleus of a permanent Natural History Exhibition.

    The giraffe is the first of the large animals to be completed and it will cost the Nigerian Government about GBP 1,500 (3,600 US dollars). The animal, a particularly large specimum measuring over 16 1/2 feet high (5 1/2 mtrs was donated by the Kenyan Government.

    The hippo and the rhino will cost about the same and the elephant about GBP 6,000 (14,400 US dollars).

    Giraffes are difficult to mount, partly because of the great thickness of the skin. To ensure a good mount it is essential to scrape down the skin as soon as the animal is killed.

    Zimmermans, the taxidermists, who employ 150 people have used a slightly new method in mounting the giraffe. First a model of the giraffe was made in clay. Then a thin layer of fibreglass was coated over the clay model and the clay later removed through holes cut in the fibre glass. The fibreglass shell is then smoothed down with rasps and covered with glue before the skin in fastened on in one piece.

    In this way Zimmermans, which is partly owned by the Kenyan Government earns large amounts of foreign currency each year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVASCYQ6BWOP9TK5TU3NJQHEP0N
    Media URN:
    VLVASCYQ6BWOP9TK5TU3NJQHEP0N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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