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Eastern Cottontail (Diorama)



The Eastern Cottontail diorama is located on the first floor in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals. The diorama was completed in 1947 and was restored during the Hall’s renovation project in 2011-2012. The scene depicts two rabbits browsing in a pumpkin patch in Ithaca, New York. Eastern cottontails are fond of farms, gardens and other green areas tended by people. The background farmland was painted by James Perry Wilson. The foreground artist was Raymond DeLucia (with Raymond Bermudez assisting). The original taxidermy by George Adams (1947) was replaced by David B. Schwendeman (1986). (Windows on Nature, 2006)