by Jen Graves
on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Courtesy of Museum fÜr Naturkunde, Berlin
GUESS WHICH ONE AIN’T RIGHT One ocelot taxidermied by someone who’d never seen an ocelot, and the other by someone who had.
Of every surviving object, text, photograph, and machine in Northwest history, a six-foot-six taxidermied gorilla is what people most want to see with their own eyes. Since the new Museum of History & Industry opened last month, the museum has attracted 30,000 visitors—as many as the old MOHAI facility got in a whole year—but people keep asking what an online commenter wrote in response to a story in The Stranger: "But WHAT. ABOUT. BOBO!?"
"There can be no taxidermy without desire," writes Rachel Poliquin in The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing, her new book (she'll read at Elliott Bay February 9). In a survey last year, thousands of visitors voted Bobo their favorite part of MOHAI. Why do we love Bobo?