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Permanent Collection


The Museum’s twenty dioramas feature miniature wildlife, farm and prehistoric scenes of animals, birds, and other creatures carved from various gem materials. The figures in the dioramas were carved in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, a lapidary center in Europe. This diorama is a replica of Ziggy, the magnificent Asian bull elephant who lived at Brookfield Zoo until his death in 1976. The ivory tusks on our sheen obsidian ziggy were carved from a piece of the real Ziggy’s broken tusk.



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