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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Winged guinea pigs to be created in Hampden taxidermy classBaltimore Sun (blog), December 4th
Before you get your fur ruffled over the thought of taxidermy-ing the poor little creatures, the store's co-owner, Greg Hatem, said the guinea pigs are "ethically sourced." In other words, he said, they died of natural causes. The bad news is the class...Read more
10 Intense Portraits Reveal The Real Faces Of America's TaxidermistsHuffington Post, December 3rd
He's spent a significant amount of time photographing America's taxidermy community, capturing portraits of the men and women who prepare, stuff and mount the carcases of deceased creatures in a series titled "Preserve." Far from finding the off-kilter...Read more
Josh Homme Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Taxidermy Love'RollingStone.com, December 2nd
If there's one subject that's underrepresented in popular music, it's the love a person can feel for taxidermy. Josh Homme and Reggie Watts are doing their part to change that in a new "Reggie Makes Music" webisode accompanying the IFC series Comedy ...Read more
/Shoulder mounts that will leave you in awe from Cedar River Taxidermy.Mason City Globe Gazette, December 1st
Locally owned and operated by Andrew Sadler, who has 12 years of professional taxidermy experience and expertise. Cedar River Taxidermy has been a proud member of the Iowa Taxidermy Association since 2002. Call us today for more information on ...Read more
Miller's Taxidermy in Sheffield Lake adapts with changing timesThe Morning Journal, November 30th
Miller's Life-Like Taxidermy has been around for more than 40 years in Lorain County. Originally established in Avon and run by the Miller family, the shop is now located at 5440 Colorado Ave., in Sheffield Village, and owned and operated by Todd Kinzel...Read more
Art exhibition featuring cake made from taxidermy roadkill goes on displayExpress.co.uk, November 28th
The work is the brainchild of taxidermist Samantha Boyes, who combined her twin loves of taxidermy and cakes. The 50-piece "menu" of mice rolls, a rack of rodent toast and squirrel in a cream horn is called High Tea for Six, and is on show from Friday...Read more
See Reggie Watts and Josh Homme Duet About 'Taxidermy Love'SPIN, November 27th
Another thing the desert rock guru is apparently into? "Taxidermy Love." It's unclear exactly what that would be in reality, but "strong" and "sweet" seem to be the preferred adjectives for the cause. Also, it's important that one never get higher than...Read more
Watch Josh Homme & Reggie Watts Sing A Taxidermy Love SongStereogum, November 27th
The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman stopped by the show to sing something called “Taxidermy Love,” which makes no sense lyrically but actually fits quite well with the coital reindeer on this QOTSA Christmas sweater. Get higher and/or lower than love ...Read more