Sinbad on Tour
I have greeted visitors since the mid-nineties as they entered The Mammoth Site. The look on children’s faces has been priceless as they stare up at me trying to guess how tall I am. It has been an honor to have been featured in many family photos. As time has passed, I have now been a part of the new generation of photo taking, called the “Selfie”. Those are probably one of my favorite photo ops, when visitors allow me to be part of their storytelling, through social media, about their adventure at The Mammoth Site.
When the new Learning Center was built two years ago, I gained a new friend, the Hebior mammoth, to help me greet the hundreds of visitors that have walked through The Mammoth Site doors. This allowed visitors an opportunity for comparison between a woolly mammoth and a Columbian mammoth.
Not long ago the Exhibits Committee of The Mammoth Site met and decided to move me from the old entrance of the Gift Shop to the Bonebed area. This allows visitors to capture the true essence of what they see in the Bonebed and when they look at me what a skeleton of a Columbian mammoth would look like if it was articulated.
Now you are probably wondering who I am, my name is Sinbad. I am a fiberglass reproduction of a Columbian mammoth skeleton. I was composed of casts, molded from The Mammoth Site’s bones and the Huntington mammoth found in central Utah.
I became in existence thanks to the collaboration project with U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Museum of Natural History and The Mammoth Site. Financial assistance for the project came from the Institute of Museum Services General Operating Support grant with an additional donation of silicone mold making materials from Dow Corning.
Mammoth Site Preparators that worked on constructing me included Kathy Anderson, Judy Davids, Terry Hodorff, and from the Molding and Casting department Kelli Juhl, Utah Museum of Natural History Preparators Ray Davis and John Akens.
So the next time you visit The Mammoth Site, I would love to be a part of your story about your mammoth adventure! Let’s take a “selfie”.