Taxidermy evolved out of the tanning trade, whose practitioners preserved the skins of animals for use as clothing and blankets. In the early part of the 19th century, some of the first so-called trophy animals were crudely stuffed with scraps of fabric by upholsterers. Later in the Victorian Era, the art of taxidermy as we know it today evolved, pioneered by, among others, Carl Akeley, who worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Although Akeley was one of the leading innovators of taxidermy, excelling in the realistic mounting of mammals, later in his life he would reject the practice of bagging animals such as gorillas just so they could decorate a museum diorama, let alone a hunter's study. By the end of his life, Akeley had devoted himself to protecting these creatures—Africa's first national park was established in 1925 in no small part due his efforts.

Today, collectors of taxidermy have a range of animals and pieces to choose from. Gameheads are perhaps the most well known form of taxidermy. These include zebras, kudu, and other African animals whose heads are attached to pedestals that are designed to hang on a wall.

In the United States, the practice of mounting deer heads is very common, especially if it's a buck with a full rack of antlers. Complete animals known as full mounts tend to be of smaller species such as bobcats and fox, as well as skunks and raccoons.

Mounted fish is another popular taxidermy type. Birds from peacocks to pheasants to roosters mount well, too, as do quail and falcons.


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Munchies_ Food by VICE, July 29th

As part of the upcoming Feast food festival at Tobacco Dock this weekend, Kaye will host an “Eat Your Taxidermy” class starring a dead rabbit. Kaye, who studied fine art at Loughborough University before turning to taxidermy, will instruct participants...Read more

Study and learn the artof taxidermy at Pilot Center
Pilot Mountain News, July 28th

SCC is offering two taxidermy courses, both which start in August and last through December. The Taxidermy Fish, Reptiles, Small Game and Life-size class will cover both fish/reptiles and small game/life-size mounts. Topics include skinning, fleshing, ...Read more

'Edible taxidermy' masterclasses see food revolution taken a step further
The Independent, July 26th

If you think the nose-to-tail eating mantra pushes the food revolution as far as it can go, then prepare to think again. A London-based taxidermist will challenge foodies to go one step further this weekend by asking them to stuff what they are eating...Read more

Local taxidermist wins national award
Log Cabin Democrat, July 26th

Rodney Harper of Harper's Pure Country Taxidermy in Damascus recently won a national award for the fish shown here. Harper, a taxidermist with 25 years of experience, has won several state and regional awards as well. ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO...Read more

#Drive 75 Day 3: 7-ton Christ, taxidermy museum are Michigan traditions
Detroit Free Press, July 24th

Gaylord's 50-year-old taxidermy-friendly “Into the Wild” museum and shop was growling with customers, and the elk park in town had about two dozen tourists snapping their cameras as the live animals grazed and bickered. Here in Indian River, it was...Read more

'Doomsday Preppers' Season 4 premiere features taxidermy-camoflaged IEDs
Zap2it.com (blog), July 24th

In "To Fail is to Die," we meet Montana resident Jimi Falcon, who is prepping for a potential World War III; Cindy Stewart, who preps for a foreign nuclear attack by using her taxidermy skills to disguise IEDS; and Rod Godfrey, who has a military-style...Read more

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New York Times, July 4th

3J, features a taxidermy collection that could fill a hall at the American Museum of Natural History next door. Mr. Speck is about to place the apartment on the market for $3.395 million; the animals are negotiable. On the walls of the entry gallery...Read more

Hollywood turns to... taxidermy?
Marketplace.org, July 4th

On Sunday morning in Downtown Los Angeles taxidermist Allis Markham immediately cuts into her subject for the day: a bird. She started her studio, Prey Taxidermy, this March and rents her mounted pieces to Hollywood films, television sets, and ...Read more