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Naturalists occasionally come across skeletons in the field, and it is not unusual to find bones and other natural curiosities on a naturalist’s shelf or in a local nature center. This is in contrast to actively purchasing real animal skins and skulls, a practice that creates a market for removing these animals from the wild. This is particularly problematic when key predators such as bobcats, coyotes, badgers, fishers, martens and weasels are decimated for their pelts, skulls or claws. All of these key predators are still actively trapped in the wild.

For the past quarter century Acorn Naturalists has been an active proponent of the use of replicas in education. Replicas offer strength and durability, and do not have special storage, handling, or the chain-of-custody permit requirements of real skins and skulls. Best of all, no animals are extirpated in the process.

In this section you will find Acorn Naturalists own trademark Kindfur®, ScatCast®, and Feather® replicas, along with an extensive selection of skull, track, talon, claw, egg, fish, leaf, life cycle and animal models.

We appreciate your continued support of the replica concept. Ordering your replicas from us allows us to continue developing new replicas and supporting the community of local artisans that craft these resources.

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