October, Devils Tower, Wyoming
from the Mule Deer Diorama at the
American Museum of Natural History
The large, mule-like ears of these deer inspired western explorer William Clark, in 1806, to give these animals their name. Unlike white-tailed deer, which run away fast and fluidly when alarmed, mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus
) escape by “stotting”—bounding with stiff-legged jumps. They can jump over hurdles four to six feet high and twenty-six feet wide to escape predators. Mule deer live across western North America. Seen in the background rising solidly over the soft, broken red sandstone of the Belle Fourche River Valley is Devils Tower National Monument, which has inspired awe for generations.
The habitat dioramas are among the greatest treasures of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, depicting a precise moment in time—a specific location, complete with its indigenous flora and wildlife. The Museum is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions, drawing millions of visitors each year.
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