Fur Replica Collection
Acorn Naturalists Kind Fur® faux fur replicas are designed to give children the look and feel of animal study skins or animal pelts—they work well with storytelling, discovery tables, or to supplement children's books about different animals. We need to emphasize, however, that these replicas are not real animal study skins or animal pelts (they lack eye holes, ears, noses, paws and tails found in animal pelts and animal study skins). Unlike those, however, these replicas do not have special storage, permitting, or preservation requirements, and most importantly, Kind Fur® does not require killing animals that are 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. The replicas we offer are close in appearance (and feel) for each species. Over a quarter of a century ago, Acorn Naturalists made a concerted effort to encourage educators to embrace the skull replica concept to reduce the killing of animals for their skulls. Acorn Naturalists only sells replicas for this reason. Acorn Naturalists is now pioneering the concept of replacing animal pelts and animal study skins with replica fur, or Kind Fur® for use by educators and interpreters. Over thirty different animal fur replicas are now available, including opossum, beaver, muskrat, squirrel, rabbit, bat, bear, cougar, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, badger, weasel, coyote, red fox, gray fox, and wolf.