Gothenburg Museum of Natural History in Sweden


Gothenburg Museum of Natural History
Mammal Hall, Gothenburg Museum of Natural History
Mammal Hall, Gothenburg Museum of Natural History


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Local name Göteborgs Naturhistoriska Museum
Accession Code GNM
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Address Museivägen 10
Zip-code 413 11
Place Göteborg
Country Sweden
Website Website
Telephone+46104414400

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Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, located at Museivägen 10, in Göteborg, Sweden .

Taxidermy specimens


Gothenburg Museum of Natural History has in its collection 1 elephantine taxidermy specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)


    David Sjölanders elephant Accession nr: GNM 4576. Received: 1949-05-18 David Sjölanders elephant
    Species: African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
    * Born at Huila Province † Dead 1948-12-04 at Huila Province
    Death: hunted Death reason: shot by David Sjölander
    Discovered 1948-12-04 by David Sjölander
    Mounted 1949-00-00 by David Sjölander at Gothenburg Museum of Natural History

Comments / pictures"Elephants are not picked from trees" are the words of Swedish taxidermist and conservator David Sjölander (1886–1953), spoken while he was in Angola looking for a fine bull elephant specimen in the autumn of 1948. At the age of 62 Sjolander was to satisfy his life\'s dream of shooting the elephant he for so long had wished to prepare and exhibit. The African elephant was to be the main attraction in the Mammal Room of the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History.

Liv Emma Thorsen, professor of cultural history, has reconstructed the collection history of four mammals exhibited in the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History that attracted much attention when they were displayed to the public for the first time: The elephant, gorilla, Tonkean macaque and walrus. The book examines how the museum acquired animals for its exhibits from 1906 to 1948, and how living animal bodies became museum exhibits. Using photographs and documents from the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, the book shows that these museums are in possession of valuable material for writing the cultural history of animals, and that the museums of natural history display a nature that is historically, socially and culturally construed.

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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3299. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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