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March 07, 2014

Name the South Lake Union Mammoth!

Mammoth Naming Contest and Public Viewing Opportunities
March 8 – 30, 2014
Sponsored by AMLI South Lake Union in partnership with the Burke Museum and KING 5

Seattle – It’s been more than 20,000 years since the Columbian Mammoth whose tusk was recently unearthed at an AMLI Residential construction site in Seattle’s Cascade Neighborhood of South Lake Union was alive. Now, the mammoth is searching for its name, and could use your help!

The Burke Museum, AMLI SLU, and KING 5 are partnering to help the mammoth rediscover its name.

Want to submit your ideas? Submit your entry online at seattlemammoth.org, or in-person at the Burke Museum, where you can fill out a special Name the Mammoth coloring sheet. (Coloring sheets also available to download at seattlemammoth.org.)

Submissions will be accepted from Saturday, March 8, 2014, through Sunday, March 30. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 7, 2014 and announced publicly at the Burke Museum on Friday, April 11, 2014, 6–8pm. All contestants submitting the winning name will be celebrated at the event.

A panel of judges has agreed to help rediscover the mammoth’s name. Judges include:

  • Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Matt Elly, AMLI Residential
  • Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 News
  • SLU_Mammoth (Twitter personality)

In addition to the satisfaction of helping the mammoth rediscover its name, winners will receive a membership to the Burke Museum, a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Burke paleontology collection, and a personalized gift bag.

Tusk Viewing Opportunities:
In partnership with AMLU SLU, the public can see the tusk in its plaster casing for the first time at Dino Day, Saturday, March 8, 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturdays & Sundays March 15 – 30. Only one side of the tusk will be visible at Dino Day, and may be covered throughout the day with moist cloths to prevent the tusk from drying too quickly. Visitors can talk to Burke paleontologists as they monitor the fossil throughout the event.

After Dino Day, the tusk will be re-jacketed in plaster to allow it to slowly dry over the upcoming months. While the tusk will be fully enclosed (much like a broken arm or leg wrapped in a cast), visitors can get a good sense of its gently curved shape and tremendous length of 8 ½ feet on Saturdays & Sundays March 15 – 30.

Other mammoth fossils (including tusks) will also be on display, and visitors can learn about the last Ice Age in Seattle with guided mini-tours in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit. Photos of the tusk and the excavation/preservation process, as well as video of the fossil being lifted by a crane out of the AMLI Residential construction site will accompany the tusk itself on the weekends. Kids and adults alike can also decorate a “Name the Mammoth” coloring sheet.

Burke paleontologists will continue to carefully monitor the tusk to ensure that it is drying properly and not getting damaged. Visitors should go to the Burke Museum’s website (burkemuseum.org) before visiting to see if there are any changes to the displaying of the tusk.

Contest Sponsors: Burke Museum and AMLI SLU. Media Sponsor: KING 5.

High resolution images of the tusk are available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

Media Opportunity:
Media are invited to the Burke Museum’s Dino Day for the kick-off of the public tusk viewing and naming contest on Saturday, March 8, 10 am – 4 pm. Cameras are welcome. Please RSVP to burkepr@uw.edu.

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About AMLI Residential:
AMLI Residential, a preeminent multifamily real estate firm headquartered in Chicago, focuses on the development, construction and management of luxury apartment communities throughout the country. Founded in 1980, AMLI is wholly-owned by Prime Property Fund, a core, co-mingled real estate fund. AMLI currently owns and/or manages 54 apartment communities, including over 18,500 apartment homes, and has over 4,000 additional apartment homes under development in 14 locations. AMLI owns and manages four apartment communities in the Seattle area including two new developments set to be completed in 2014, one being AMLI South Lake Union where the tusk was discovered. More information is available at http://www.amli.com.     

About the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture:
The Burke Museum is the Washington State Museum of natural history and culture. The Burke Museum creates a better understanding of the world and our place in it. The museum is responsible for Washington State collections of natural and cultural heritage and sharing the knowledge that makes them meaningful. The Burke welcomes a broad and diverse audience and provides a community gathering place that nurtures life-long learning and encourages respect, responsibility, and reflection. The museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit http://www.burkemuseum.org The B.urke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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Burke Museum Fossil Preparator Bruce Crowley works in the museum’s fossil prep lab on the fossilized mammoth tusk found in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The tusk is wrapped in aluminum foil, burlap, and four layers of plaster, and is covered with moist towels and absorbent pads. The botto
Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum and AMLI SLU.