The workshop, the second of two held over the weekend at the Audubon Zoo, was an educational program in “ethical taxidermy” facilitated by the Audubon Nature Institute.

During the three-hour class, attendees transformed a dead rabbit into a mounted trophy, received a crash course in animal anatomy and learned how to legally mount animals on their own.

Monica Ward, the school programs coordinator at Audubon, said the workshops were an extension of the zoo’s biofact library, which contains skulls, furs and other animal parts that often are loaned to teachers and educators.

Ward said the taxidermy program helps bring in a “younger, more artistic group” that the zoo typically doesn’t connect with.