Town of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia


Designer: Atlantex Limited (Head of Chezzetcook, NS)

When Built: January 1995

Weight: 3000 pounds (1400 kg)
Height (at the shoulder): 10 feet (3.5 meters)
Height (to tip of trunk): 13 feet (4.5 meters)
Length: 22 feet (7.5 meters)
Length Tusks: 6 feet (2 meters)

Construction Materials:
Fiberglass and steel. First, large blocks of Styrofoam were sculpted into the mastodon image. Molded tusks were installed and a stainless steel armature was incorporated into the foam sculpture for structural integrity. A 3/8" thick layer of fiberglass was then applied to the entire mastodon for a weather resistant finish. A simulated fur coat was added using a mixture of polyester and fiberglass.

Reason for Building:

The Mastodon Replica represents the male juvenile Mastodon whose bones were unearthed in 1991 at the National Gypsum Quarry near Milford, N.S..

Additional Information:

The entire project, form sculpting the clay model to the completion of the fiberglass and steel replica took about 8 weeks.

The project of creating the Mastodon Replica began by first sculpting a clay scale model based on imformation supplied by archeologists and studying illustrations and other models. At a scale of 1" to 1' close attention was paid to skeletal and muscular structure, in particular the shape and size of its shoulders and unique sloped head. The tusks were modelled off of real one at the N.S. museum.

The Mastodon ears proved to be a bit of a problem as no one knows exactly what they would have looked like. Unlide African and Asian elephants, who have large floppy ears to provide cooling, Mastodons living in cold climates probably didn't develop such large ears. It was decided to give the Mastodon smaller versions of those found on modern elephants.

Information Source: Mastodon Ridge Developments

Picture Source: Jamie Playfair of Advocate Printing & Publishing Co Ltd.


Created By DMY on May 4, 1999
Last Updated: July 6, 1999