I began this series in 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the last year of the last known Passenger Pigeon named Martha. This marker inspired The Last Menagerie, a line of plates designed to commemorate, educate, and remind ourselves about that which is lost but not forgotten.The commemorative plate is such an odd and beautiful object. As it preserves and frames a fleeting moment or event–it also gives dimensional life to a wall.The Last Menagerie is a collection of ten commemorative plates each featuring a different extinct animal:

Series No.1

The Dodo extinct since 1662
Pyrenean Ibex extinct since 2000
The Quagga extinct since 1883
The Passenger Pigeon extinct since 1914
Black African Rhino extinct since 2011
The Wooly Mammoth extinct since the Pleistocene epoch

Series No.2

The Great Auk extinct since 1852

Steller’s Sea Cow extinct since 1768

California Grizzly extinct since 1922

Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger extinct since 1936

The plates are now available for purchase at: https://www.etsy.com/…/extinct-animal-commemorative-plates

web: thelastmenagerie.com

10% of all funds to to the Wildlife Conservation Network.


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