The elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus, stood over ten feet tall and weighed over 1,000 pounds. They were the largest bird in the world. Today, the ostrich, is the largest bird.
These giant birds are not prehistoric. The died out in the 17th century; some argue the 18th century, due to human activity. When Europe and Asia found out, these birds existed their eggs became and immediate sensation. Each egg is the equivalent to two hundred chicken eggs. These slow reproducing birds could not keep up with the demand and became one of the earliest species to be wiped out by man.
The elephant bird egg is one of the most prized attractions in museums all around the world. From Harvard to National Geographic Society these eggs turn heads whenever they are on exhibition.
We have dreamt of having our own elephant bird egg for years. After hundreds of hours of searching and negotiating Alberto finally secured an egg in Madagascar. Thanks to his hard work and a lot of luck the egg finally arrived at the Wondertorium.
Not only is the elephant bird egg a sensational curiosity it serves as a very important reminder. As a society, we are constantly being reminded to "save the whales," "save the rainforest," etc. For most people when they hear messages about protecting the environment they just hear some abstract idea. The elephant bird egg is a physical reminder of the consequences of our actions as a society. It's a reminder of the wonder that could be lost if we aren't careful.