We use Life-Casting, a procedure from special effects movie production to make safe, quick flexible molds off of the animals while they are sedated for routine procedures (like x-rays) in a zoo hospital. Through Conservation Arts we then use these molds to make plaster casts that are the raw material for the bronze work, the final step. The finished bronze models will be mounted outside animal exhibits where they may be handled as part of the zoo experience. Braille labeling broadens the outreach. The molds may also be used to make plastic copies (also with Braille labels) for classrooms.
A special thank you to Dan Maloney and the Jacksonville Zoo.org for their continued cooperation and support.