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The Victorian Museum

African Lion


Brian the Lion is probably one of the best known and loved faces in Kilmarnock.  He has been within the Natural Science Collections of the Dick Institute since the very early days.  Parents and grandparents who remember coming to see Brian as children now bring along their own children and grandchildren to be introduced to him. 


Brians almost white fur however is not natural, over the decades that he has been on display sunlight and the chemicals used by the taxidermist have bleached his fur.  This is a good example to demonstrate how modern museums must monitor the enviroment within which their collections are kept.

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