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After his death at Tiergarten Schönbrunn, this cheetah gets preserved for the mammal department at the NHM Vienna.

The needles fix the skin during its drying process. To show the exact form of movement of the cheetah, the taxidermy department made a body-model out of PU foam.
 
The specimen will be a part of the mammal collection and presented at special exhibition.

© NHM Vienna, Kurt Kracher