Natural tagua nuts with still covered with brown husks.;These nuts will be used as education collection "touch-its" for the permanent Collecting A-Z exhibition, "I is for Ivory". They will help the museum to interpret how substitutes for animal ivory such as these nuts can help save dwindling animal populations by offering alternatives to artisans dependent on ivory.;These tagua nuts were added to the museum's education collections as touchable artifacts for its Collecting A-Z exhibition, "I is for Ivory". Tagua nuts are a renewable resource that can be harvested and carved by artisans as a substitute for the slaughter of animals for their ivory. When carved, the meat displays the soft white and smooth characteristics of carved animal ivory.