Cougar Cub (Mountain Lion, Puma) Kind Fur® (Boxed)
Kind Fur® replicas are an ideal resource for educators. Designed primarily to give children ages 6 to 13 the look and feel of animal fur, these replicas go well with storytelling and discovery table activities. We need to emphasize, however, that these replicas are not study skins (they lack eye holes, ears, noses, paws and tails). On the other hand, unlike real fur, these replicas do not have special storage or treatment requirements. They also do not require knowledge of complex and ever-changing regulations regarding State of Origin fur tags, permits, transfers, and associated necessary record keeping. Most importantly, Kind Fur® does not require trapping animals better left alive in the wild.
It is important to note that in nature there is tremendous variation in fur color, even on a single specimen, let alone among the same species in different locations or seasons. These replicas are close in appearance (and feel) to animal furs, but won’t match “perfectly” with any given real fur. Also, as can be the case with skull replicas, high-quality faux fur can sometimes cost more than real fur. While realistic in appearance, replica fur can always be identified by looking at the backing—replica fur has cloth fabric backing, as opposed to tanned animal hide.
This fur replica shows the distinct mottling that characterizes the coat of a young cougar (Puma concolor). A cub’s spots can be reddish-brown or darker brown. Serving as camouflage when cubs are most vulnerable, the spots start to fade after about three months.
This boxed Kind Fur® has been securely adhered with non-toxic water-based glue to the inside of a protective 12" long x 9" wide x 2" deep wooden slide-top box (custom crafted in the US for Acorn Naturalists' Kind Furs®). Students can study and feel the fur, and slide the protective lid over it when done. The box is labeled on the back, making it easy to set out on a table for quiz games or activities such as matching a sample with skull, track or scat replicas.
In addition to many other educational uses, fur replicas help illustrate the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) LS1. For more information on all of the Kind Fur® replicas Acorn Naturalists offers for sale please click here.
Boxed Kind Fur® Mix and Match: Receive 10% off when ordering 10 or more of any items in this series. Upon checkout, discounts for all items are added together and collectively subtracted from the total.