Taxidermy

Art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting skins of animals

History of Taxidermy

  • Taxidermy was believed to go back to the beginning of mankind.
  • This form of art became popular in the Victorian era
  • The reason taxidermy became so popular was because there was a high demand for leather and men wanted trophies for their kills.


Tools and Supplies

To perform taxidermy you need;

  • Safety glasses to protect against solutions
  • Rubber aprons and latex gloves
  • Scissors, scalpels, exacto blades, and sharpened spoons to remove varies types of flesh and skin hanging or hiding to the body.
  • Sharpened spoons are mainly used to prepare the animals skin for the tanning process.
  • Needle, threads, and glue to start putting all parts in its place again.
  • Brushes, toothbrushes, and combs to retain the animals full appearance once more.
  • Painting kits to restore animals once full lively colors. (This is mostly used for fish)

Maintenance

Skull cleaning

  • Rubbing alcohol, acetone, And some detergents can cause yellowing, chipping, or stripping of the skulls. NEVER use these.
  • Skull mounts are the easiest to maintain

Insect infestations

  • Cockroaches can and will eat everything of anything in your animal/trophy
  • Moths and some beetles will infest hair and fur or your animal
How to take care of your trophy

  • Keep your trophy in cool, dry places to maintain and preserve the hair and color of animal.
  • Give animals frequent dusting.
  • Do not have excessive handling of your trophy because it could make your trophy look dirty.


Fun Facts

  1. Pierre Belon was a naturalist who wrote a book in 1555 about taxidermy.
  2. Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms had her dog stuffed.
  3. There are taxidermy competitions and the first one was in the 1800's
  4. The word taxidermy comes from the Greek virgin meaning arrangement of the skin.
  5. Taxidermy is noted as an art form today.
  6. Taxidermist must have the knowledge of zoology, botany, drawing, painting, and sculpture.
  7. Taxidermy can be performed on all vertebrates.
  8. Akeley was a man known for being a God of taxidermy.
  9. Taxidermist make approximately $600 million a year.
  10. To practice taxidermy you need a permit.