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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Jack Jonas, 82, was president of family taxidermy, fur business
The Denver Post, July 26th

A graduate of East High School and the University of Denver, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Jack Harcourt Jonas was the third-generation president of Denver Jonas Brothers, a taxidermy and fur business founded in 1908 by his ...Read more

SGNP to get new taxidermy centre
Mumbai Mirror, July 26th

The only state forest department-run taxidermy centre in India at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), which has been helping preserve carcasses of wild and rare animals across the country, will soon be upgraded and shifted to a new 1,500-sqfoot area ...Read more

Taxidermy leads to state, national titles for St. Anne teen
Kankakee Daily Journal, July 23rd

Cheyanne Williams, 16, of St. Anne, with the mounted river otter that has won her acclaim in annual competitions held by taxidermy associations in Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Her father, Frank Williams, recently opened a new taxidermy and archery...Read more

Taxidermy leads to state, national titles fo St. Anne teen
Kankakee Daily Journal, July 23rd

Cheyanne Williams, 16, of St. Anne, with the mounted river otter that has won her acclaim in annual competitions held by taxidermy associations in Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Her father, Frank Williams, recently opened a new taxidermy and archery...Read more

Photos: 15 More Taxidermy Fails That Will Make You Cringe
OutdoorHub, July 20th

In the world of taxidermy it can be quite hard to tell what is a joke, and what is simply an awful mount. Unlike our previous taxidermy fail lists, the 15 critters below are neither overtly funny or downright frightening. They just make us cringe a...Read more

The Insides Out of Taxidermy
Peninsula Pulse, July 16th

Orthober is well known in the taxidermy field, having won many national and international awards, most recently a “Best In World” award for his warm water fish and “Second In World” for a non-game bird. Along with mounting specimens, he also judges ...Read more

I Quit My Job At Disney To Become A Full-Time Taxidermist
Refinery29, July 9th

There is a black mink defrosting on a wooden bench inside Acme Studio in Brooklyn. It is small, furry, and curled into a donut. Allis Markham has just lifted it out of a cooler to thaw for tonight's lecture, a DIY taxidermy class she's teaching that...Read more

On the Job: Trophy Room Taxidermy back in business
Stevenspointjournal, June 30th

Editor's note: On the Job is a report by Stevens Point Journal Media business reporter Nathan Vine. STEVENS POINT – After more than 25 years, Jim Jaggar has returned to running his own taxidermy business. Trophy Room Taxidermy opened its doors in ...Read more