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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Cool Spaces: Taxidermy is alive and well in West BrightonSILive.com, April 19th
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Taxidermy is alive and well in this West Brighton home. Natalie and Milos Baldassano bought 9 Trinity Pl, the right side of a historic 1851 Italianate house built by Captain John T. Barker, a silk importer, on the waterfront. The...Read more
Taxidermy sees Goliath sticks, tarantulas stuffed for scienceABC Online, April 17th
Some creepy crawlies paid the Breakfast Show a visit this morning. James came face to face with Penelope the Goliath stick insect. He was a little apprehensive at first but Penelope won him over...Read more
Dutch Artists Breathe New Life Into TaxidermyNew York Times, April 14th
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Taxidermy model created for popular Great Indian Bustard- AlphaDaily News & Analysis, April 10th
The country's only taxidermist, Mumbai-based Dr Santosh Gaikwad, has played a crucial role in giving a new lease of 'life' to one of India's most loved and photographed birds — Alpha, the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) that died in September last year...Read more
HomeNewsMichigan High School Adds Taxidermy to the CurriculumAgWeb, April 6th
Reading, writing, arithmetic ... and taxidermy. It's all on the curriculum at Crosswell-Lexington High School in Michigan. Reading, writing and arithmetic? Students at Crosswell-Lexington High School in Michigan will get their fill. This year, they'll...Read more
New taxidermy class a hit at Michigan high schoolU.S. News & World Report, March 31st
In this photo from Jan. 19, 2016, Croswell-Lexington High School taxidermy teacher Kyle Tubbs helps student Paige Kasper with placement of a rabbit's pelt on a form during the school's taxidermy class in Croswell, Mich. Each student in the 13-week...Read more
Get Ready For Dead Petz! Williamsburg Is Getting a Taxidermy MuseumBedford + Bowery, March 31st
But as they pick through the endless piles of vintage flotsam, more often than not they stop dead in their tracks in front of the weird taxidermy corner. A large vitrine shows stuffed chipmunks cavorting on a carousel, serving up drinks in a mini...Read more