Monumental Mammoth

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument may soon receive a life-size mammoth statue.

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Seventeen-year-old Tahoe Mack of Summerlin is designing what she thinks will be a 16-foot-tall statue, with the help of mentors and artists Luis Varela-Rico and Joel Spencer.

The statue, which will be donated to the Protectors of Tule Springs organization, will be made with recycled metal that has been dumped at the monument illegally. Materials may include car parts and bullet casings. Mack said she chose a Columbian mammoth, whose fossils have been discovered at Tule Springs, because they are “huge but also gentle creatures.”

Mack, a junior at The Meadows School, said her goal is to have the statue placed at a Tule Springs entry, which is not yet designed. She’s working with the city of North Las Vegas on a location, she said. Mack also is fundraising and seeking corporate donations for the project, which she expects to cost about $100,000.

How to help

To donate to Tahoe Mack’s project or assist with any Protectors of Tule Springs project, contact the group at tulespringslv.com.

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