Froggyland – The collection consists of 507 stuffed frogs of a common European frog species (lat. rana esculenta). The frogs have been stuffed in a very demanding way, using a taxidermy technique through the mouth, which is an extremely complex and time consuming process, so the exhibits are devoid of any external incisions. Comparing the Ferenc Mere’s collection with similar collections made by other authors, it is evident that Ferenc Mere was a master craftsman of taxidermy of small animals.
Froggyland collection first consisted of 1000 samples, 507 of which have been preserved in a perfect condition. The very importance and size of the collection is demonstrated through comparison with other masters of taxidermy, such as Francois Perrier who has left behind a collection of 108 stuffed frogs, or the famous English taxidermy artist Walter Potter whose collection is comprised of 79 frogs, and finally Pierre-Yves Renkin with his collection of 42 samples of frogs. Froggyland collection is comprised of 21 exhibits which show thematically arranged frogs and depict various everyday life situations. In ten years of conducting a patient, demanding and very mysterious process of taxidermy, Ferenc Mere has created a unique collection which today, a hundred years after its creation, still remains the biggest and best collection of that kind in the world.
He has managed to depict the everyday life of people to the smallest detail, and his exhibits include representations of a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, tailor shop, school, circus and many other different life situations. Froggyland collection is truly a unique and exceptional example of the art of taxidermy which, together with its technical value, has the artistic value as well, and which intrigues and attracts people and leaves no one indifferent.