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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Taxidermist creates fascinators and accessories using dead stuffed animals
Metro, July 23rd

Forget your classic Debenhams fascinator in a nice shade of nude for that upcoming wedding. One designer has created these, err… unusual head pieces featuring taxidermy. For about £60 a pop you can invest in a fascinator that features a dead stuffed ...Read more

Drop dead gorgeous or just plain gross? Taxidermist creates macabre fashion ...
Daily Mail, July 21st

A London based taxidermist has given a new meaning to the phrase drop dead gorgeous with her range of animal corpse fascinators. The one of a kind accessories are designed by Margot Magpie and are created using stuffed, dead animals such as mice ...Read more

It's Not Taxidermy! It's Awesome Avian Paper Craft Art
Visual News, July 18th

With incredible attention to detail, her sculptures look exactly like taxidermy. She has created numerous species for Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden in Pennsylvania, several birds of Florida for The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, as well as exotic...Read more

Proposed Wyoming fishing, taxidermy rules on table
Billings Gazette, July 14th

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has scheduled upcoming public meetings on proposed new regulations for fishing, fish hatcheries and taxidermists. A meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheridan Game and Fish Regional Office will cover proposed ...Read more

Exotic wildlife ranch caught with illegal taxidermy in stolen ATV probe
Tulsa World, July 10th

An investigation into a Hughes County exotic wildlife ranch for stolen all-terrain vehicles allegedly turned up a zoo of state and federal violations, including illegal taxidermy and controlled narcotics. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food...Read more

Welcome to the Animal House: New York socialite tries to find buyer for his $3 ...
Daily Mail, July 7th

Welcome to the Animal House: New York socialite tries to find buyer for his $3.4m Manhattan apartment covered in wall-to-wall taxidermy collection worth $1m. Writer Gregory Speck trying to find buyer for his Manhattan apartment AND his huge taxidermy ...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