Today in Longreads, a chapter from Elena Passarello’s important new book Animals Strike Curious Poses featuring illustrations by The Last Menagerie:
“The same year, two administrators of a Georgia convalescent center wrote the editor of the journal Nature, soliciting a name for an organism that marks the last of its kind. Among the suggestions were “terminarch,” “ender,” “relict,” “yatim,” and “lastline,” but the new word that stuck was “endling.” Of all the proposed names, it is the most diminutive (like “duckling” or “ ngerling”) and perhaps the most storied (like “End Times”). The little sound of it jingles like a newborn rattle, which makes it doubly sad.”
After reading about the role that 19th century museums played in ensuring The Great Auk’s extinction (each museum wanted the endangered Auk to display, thus ensuring their demise) I just had to add on to the avian/mammal menagerie honoring The Great Auk, Steller’s Sea Cow, The California Grizzly Bear, and the Thylacine.
I also had several requests for a Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, so although I really wanted to branch out into the amphibian class, I just couldn’t neglect this set. I’m also experimenting with a monochromatic background on these so we will see how they turn out. This set will be sold in a set of four with options to mix and match with the original series. Also, going forward, I will be donating 10% of all sales to the Wildlife Conservation Network http://wildnet.org/