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The Making of a Diorama

The Habitat Views video considers ways of looking at dioramas today, and documents the creation of several new displays. Take a look over on our  YouTube channel >

Recreating Nature Indoors

Ever wonder who made the dioramas in our mammal halls? Read all about the artists who created these wonderful scenes. Learn more >

Our Exhibits Meet State Standards!

Our diorama halls are just one place where teachers and chaperones can meet State Standards! To download easy-to-use field trip guides that are aligned with Standards.
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Mammalogy Contacts

Jorge Velez-Juarbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals

Jim Dines, Ph.D.
Collections Manager
(213) 763-3400

David Janiger
Curatorial Assistant
(213) 763-3369



Taxidea taxus (Schreber, 1777)

Badger diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Mt. San Jacinto, near Banning, California

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Badgers are solitary animals that are mainly active at night, and tend to be inactive during the winter months. They are not true hibernators, but spend much of the winter in cycles of inactivity or torpor that usually last about 29 hours. During torpor, body temperatures fall to about 48°F and the heart beats at about half the normal rate. Badgers emerge from their dens on warm days in the winter.

Biological Information

Range map for the badger


Southern Canada to south central Mexico


Plains and deserts, foothills and mountain meadows


Fairly common in appropriate habitats and are not considered threatened


Rodents, lizards, insects, birds’ eggs

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for American badger.