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The skeletons of a giraffe, oryx, and cougar are on display at the Herold Mahoney Library. Rearticulated by students in SRJC instructor Nick Anast's biology classes, these skeletons have educational and scientific value and provide a way for students to understand the anatomy and physiology of animals.
The giraffe came to Nick Anast's class by way of Safari West, after its unexpected death in 2009. All specimans are respectfully treated and study of them becomes a way to make some good come from their unfortunate loss.
From the PressDemocrat: "The skeleton of a 17-foot-tall giraffe that in life pleased visitors at Safari West preserve has been rebuilt at the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College." Read the full article.
From the Insider: "For several years, Biology Instructor Nick Anast and his students have prepared skeletons for animal displays for classes to study. This summer Nick’s classes rearticulated the skeletons of a cougar and an African giraffe, antelope, and hornbill. The giraffe skeleton will remain permanently at the Petaluma Campus in the library for students and visitors to enjoy." See additional photos on page 5 of the Insider.