Heartly Condolence! Ray "Bones" Bandar, a retired high school science teacher as well as a skull collector who kept 6,000 animal skulls in his San Francisco home, has died and he was 90-year-old.
Bandar's nephew Faylene Bandar told the San Francisco Chronicle that her uncle died on December 23 from congestive heart failure at his home.
Bandar began collecting bones in his home when he and his wife bought it in 1965. His skull collection includes 1,700 California sea lions, 1,000 birds, 24 breeds of dogs, 120 black bears, 12 leopards, 9 giraffes, 6 hippos and 6 rhinos.
Thank you, Bones. A small tribute to the enormous work of Academy friend & Field Associate Ray "Bones" Bandar, whose incredible contributions to our collections, lives, & to science itself will ensure he lives on. pic.twitter.com/kEbeIgkstC
— CA AcademyOfSciences (@calacademy) December 29, 2017
Additionally, Bandar had 200 pelvises, a great white shark jaw, a monkey mummy and moose antlers he kept in a bathtub.
He provided displays to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, where he was a volunteer field associate for 60 years.