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Natural History

Introduction:- The term Natural History has come to stand for all that concerns living animals from the lowest type to man himself. Chief object of Odisha State Museum is to help the visitors or readers to see and learn as much as possible about the birds and mammals that are under display in Natural History Section of the Museum. The specimens, vertebrate and invertebrate find place in two spacious halls one of which is exclusively meant for display of mammals in decorated dioramas and the other is beautified with the colourful birds of Indian and Foreign origin.

Red Panda

Red Panda (Ailusfulgens)

Popularly known as 'Cat bear' reside in the temperate Himalayan forest. Generally the animal whiles away his day high up on the trees and spends the night in gathering food. This is an exemplary specimen of nocturnal animal. The Panda is of about 2 ft. high with a round head having large erract pointed ears. The colour of the face and lower lip is white. It possesses sturny mussele short hairy soled legs... Read More

Hoolock or white brewed Gibbon

Hoolock or white brewed Gibbon (Hylobates hoolock)

Is an example of the only clan of apes inhabiting our country. The gibbon is tailless but he uses his long arms as a balance to swing from one branch to the other and to run along the heavier bough. The height of the gibbon is 3 ft. and weight is about 6-8 Kgs. They lead family life in hill forest and feed on fruit, leaves, insects, spiders, etc.

Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

In the habitat show-case placed next to tiger is the Jungle cat (Fe/is chhus). Two jungle cats encountering each other attract the attention of the visitors for their characteristic poses. Jungle cats inhabit in open parts of the country specially in scrub jungles and reedy banks of rivers. In size, it is slightly bigger than the domestic cat. The colour of its fur varies from sandy grey to yellowish-grey and the tail is... Read More

Tiger

Tiger

Tiger (Panthera tigris) the national animal of India is no doubt one of the biggest and dangerous members of the cat family. The tiger is found under the vertical stem of leaves of bamboo trees near the water tank which forms a natural back ground against rich coloured, well-stripped body with a short coat. A full-grown male tiger normally measures form 8ft. to 9t ft. and female 8ft ft. and average weight of male is 180-230... Read More

Leopard

Leopard

In the mammal wing of the Natural History Section the visitor is first greeted by a group of panthers or leopards (Panthera pardus). The leopard, tiger, lion or cat whether great or small are members of cat family. Panthers are able to live and thrive any where whether it may be thick forest, heavy cover or open country as among rocks and scrub. The leopards are carnivorous living on, cattle, deer, monkey, rodants, etc. A... Read More

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