This weekend I took an overnight trip to the capital of my province of BC: Victoria. It has been a number of years since I had been there and as a result I have forgotten what a nice little city it is to visit. Located on the southern portion of Vancouver Island, my travel companion and myself arrived via the short ferry ride with BC Ferries and then hopped a public bus for the hour long ride into town (I don’t own a car).
The main purpose of this short sojourn was to visit a temporary exhibit at The Royal BC Museum, located on Belleville Street, right in the heart of the city. The exhibit that I was interested in was about mammoths! Yes those big, oversized creatures that once roamed the earth. It was a great exhibit with plenty of information. The displays included fossilized bones, reconstructions of these glorious giants and numerous videos and information placards (of which I watched and read all). What I found the most interesting was a section dedicated to Lyuba. Lyuba was a month-old baby Woolly Mammoth that was incredibly preserved and fully intact when she was discovered in 2007 in northern Russia. She had been frozen in the tundra for tens of thousands of years! The discovery of Lyuba was integral in learning more of these amazing creatures and their similarities with elephants.
Below are some of my photos from the exhibit. The quality is limited due to low lighting and no flash use but you’ll get the idea. Additionally, if you are ever in Victoria I do suggest a visit to the Royal BC Museum. They have permanent collections (of which I will go another time to visit) and temporary exhibits for months at a time.
All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World.
Lyuba in her well-preserved condition
Woolly Mammoth information placard
Big bones! They’re the real deal.
Replica of a Columbian Mammoth – the biggest kind!
Up to 16 feet long!!!
All sorts of mammoths
Mastodon skeleton replica
Elephant skull replica
Elephants are relatives of mammoths
Evolution happening due to poaching. Stop poaching!!
This saddening and frightening.
Replica of a Woolly Mammoth