In 2017, I visited Asia's largest taxidermy museum owned by Rahmat Shah. Shah, an Indonesian businessman, and trophy hunter is the head of Indonesia's zoo association. As Sumatran-based conservationists push for policy changes; they are met by the likes of Shah who place personal profit above conservation.


Sumatra is home to orang-utans, sun bears, rhinos and tigers, all of which are endemic to the island and remain critically endangered. In the city of Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia, Shah owns a squalidly kept zoo and, within 20km, a taxidermy museum known as Rahmat International Wildlife Museum and Gallery. There are more than 2,500 visibly displayed taxidermied animals, ranging from critically endangered pangolins to Sumatran tigers and Shah has personally shot many of the specimens. Held under the false guise of conservation hunting, Shah's museum is a testament to one man's greed.


Note: I did not pay the entry fee to the museum.

Zebra and lion at the 'Africa Collection'

info
×

Sumatran tigers

info
×

Juvenile white tigers

info
×

A family of Sumatran orangutans

info
×

Trophy hunted zebras

info
×

Big cats enclosure

info
×

Polar bear, brown bear and lynx at central display.

info
×

Sumatran lizard collection

info
×

Trophy hunted zebras

info
×

Unknown snake species

info
×

Giraffe at the 'Africa Collection'

info
×
Using Format