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14/09/2009.James Dickinson from the Lancashire Museum Service carries out crucial conservation work on Ireland's last Great Auk, which became extinct in 1844, 165 years ago at the Trinity College Zoological Museum, Dublin.  There are only 18 specimens of the now.extinct, Great Auk left in the world, and only one in Ireland..The Trinity College Zoological Museum contains a collection of over.20,000 specimens and dates back over 200 years. A feature of TCD's.Zoological Museum is the many examples of extinct and endangered.species including the Great Auk, the Tasmanian wolf and the Great.Indian Rhinoceros.  All the main animal groups are represented in.the collection which also contains a rare set of the famous models of marine life dating from approximately 1870..Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins