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the original bunkhouse transitions to a wildlife gallery

Our original bunkhouse has been transformed and is now the home of two wonderful wildlife exhibits.

A bird from Sam Daniel's Waterfowl Collection One of the 43 species of American waterfowl in Woolaroc's collection

Sam Daniel's Waterfowl collection

A noted Tulsa attorney by the name of Sam Daniel reached out to Woolaroc with an idea. During his lifetime, he had put together an incredible collection of North American waterfowl. In fact, he had 43 out of the 44 known species, and now Sam wondered if Woolaroc would be interested in having his collection. A trip to Tulsa did two things:  (1) we fell in love with his collection and (2) we fell in love with Sam and his wife Mary Lou.

In addition to the collection, Sam had written a book logically titled The Last Duck, a book in which he shared many of his stories about his adventures over the years putting together this collection.

We knew we wanted this terrific collection, but we had to decide where it would call home; there was no space in the museum or the lodge to display them, but the bunkhouse seemed to be a logical location. Our only problem was that the building was too large for just the ducks, we needed something else to share the space.

An African deer from the Dixon's Big Game collection A taxidermy lion in the bunkhouse at Woolaroc

The Dixon's Big Game collection

Call it luck or good fortune, we were then contacted by the Dixon family from Tulsa, asking if we would be interested in them donating their father’s African big game collection to Woolaroc. The Dixon collection included a 16-foot Nile crocodile, an African lion, leopard, and baboon.

Our team started developing plans as to how to convert this plain, rectangular box into a new exhibit with two galleries. The transformation was nothing less than incredible, with stained wood, LED lighting, landscaping, woods and rocks, and the walls covered with wildlife scenes from the African Serengeti to the lakes of North America.

A leopard chasing a baboon in the Wildlife Gallery at Woolaroc

Open during normal business hours

The new permanent exhibit is open every day that Woolaroc is open, so be sure to stop by and see this new addition to the “magic.” Sam’s book (The Last Duck) is available for purchase in the Woolaroc gift shop and 100% of the proceeds remains at Woolaroc.

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