Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mickey Novak's visit!

Our endangered species books are on display in the school library and as part of our wrap-up of this unit we invited Mickey Novak from US Fish and Wildlife to share his expertise.  He brought with him some extremely valuable and deeply tragic items to share with us. With the help of the fifth graders he carted in two bags and one box containing over a quarter of a million dollars worth of confiscated items made from rare and endangered animals that people had attempted to smuggle into the  United States.  Although the items were worth about as much as a house, they would have been worth much more if they had stayed attached to or covering the animal from which they were taken.  Here are some photos of our visit:

A Question for Mickey about Endangered Species

 White Cobra Skin Boots

 Reticulated Python Skin... 5.3m, or 18 feet long!

 Hawksbill Tortoise, Stuffed

 Ocelot Pelt

 African Dwarf Crocodile Handbag

Zach About to Choose an Item from the Bag


Hawksbill Tortoise

 Bear Gall Bladder Medicine(?)

 Hartmann's Mountain Zebra Pelt

 Carved Tusk, Valued at $100,000... but what price for the life of an elephant?

 Close up of White Cobra Boot

 Walrus Tusk and Crocodile Handbag

Medicine Made of Ground Tiger Bone

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