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2018-12-16 Back to list

Apples, Birds and Taxidermy: Happy Birthday, Tadas Ivanauskas!

Here are some interesting facts about the Lithuanian Indiana Jones who would have turned 136 this December.

Tadas Ivanauskas is a name that rings a bell for those interested in fauna and taxidermy, as the Kaunas Zoological Museum is named after him. The prominent Lithuanian zoologist and biologist, sometimes even called the Lithuanian Indiana Jones, established the museum back in 1919. As the centennial anniversary of the institution is approaching (July 15, 2019, it is!), and December 16 is actually the birthday of Ivanauskas, we’ve decided to put together some interesting facts about this legendary pioneer of many things.

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What's not to love? Picture from the archives of Kaunas T. Ivanauskas Zoological Museum

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Ivanauskas, a rifleman, also established the Society of Correct Hunting and Fishing

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Ivanauskas and his colleagues in Brazil. Pictures from the archives of Kaunas T. Ivanauskas Zoological Museum.

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A class of ornithologists in 1928. Picture from the archives of Kaunas T. Ivanauskas Zoological Museum

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This is one of our favourite photos! Professor and the deer met in 1950. Picture from the archives of Kaunas T. Ivanauskas Zoological Museum

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