The rhinoceros of Louis XV, post taxidermy. The rhinoceros, originally from India, was gifted to Louis XV in 1770. It lived in the royal menagerie of Versailles until September 1793, when it was found stabbed to death with a sabre.

Its body was brought to the natural history museum of Paris, where it was dissected and afterwards stuffed by Jean-Claude Mertrud and Félix Vicq d'Azyr. This was the first known large animal to undergo a taxidermy process similar to those used in modern taxidermy. The skeleton of the animal was also preserved, and is still on display in France.

[image: Le rhinocéros de Louis XV © MNHN - Bernard Faye, via Grand Galerie de L'Evolution]

I am so proud to work for an institution that supports marriage equality. We are all celebrating today! For the special occasion, insect collections manager Crystal Maier and I put together a little image for you all. :) 

  • Red Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)
  • Red Weevil (Curculionidae)
  • Red Flower Chafer (Cetoniinae)
  • Orange Butterfly (Pieridae)
  • Yellow Butterfly (Pieridae)
  • Green Beetle (Cetoniinae)
  • Green Scarab (Scarabaeinae)
  • Blue Beetle (Perotis unicolor)
  • Indigo beetle (Plochionocerus sp.)
  • Blue Butterfly (Morpho sp.)
  • Fuchsia Beetle (Cheloderus childreni)
  • Purple Beetle (Cerambycidae) 

Simon, a cat serving on a Royal Navy Ship in 1949, survived injuries from cannon shells and was awarded a medal for raising morale and killing off a rat infestation. When, at the age of 1, he died of related injuries, hundreds of people attended his funeral.


The harbor seals at King Range National Conservation Area in BLM California are awake and ready for the #conservationlands15 celebration.

Today, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip travels to King Range as the BLM, americasgreatoutdoorspartners and the local community celebrate the 15th Anniversary of our National Conservation Lands. The roadtrip will check out amazing views, trails and recreation fun, wildlife and more - so stay tuned.

Video by Bob Wick, BLM

Staged scene of a man advertising photographs to two passersby in front of a portrait studio, 1861. Hand-colored animated stereoview.