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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The right stuff: take a mounting masterclass with top taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Press-Register -, October 29th

Innamorato, taxidermist in residence at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum, She has popped up on off-kilter reality TV shows like The Science Channel's "Oddities," her mesmerizing dead animal art has been displayed at hot L.A. galleries and her weekends ...Read more

DIY Taxidermy May Be for You, If You Have the Guts
New York Times, October 29th

If you visit Alison Raleigh at home, in Hoboken, N.J., one of the first things you're likely to notice is all the taxidermy: There's a deer head in the bathroom, a stuffed pheasant and crow on the mantel, a ram's head in the study. She bought a lot of...Read more

Taxidermy Photos Displayed in Baldwin Gallery
Sidelines Online (subscription), October 28th

Diane Fox's UnNatural History photography exhibit opened Monday in the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, located in the John Bragg Mass Communication Building. The exhibit features photographs of animal displays from taxidermy shops and natural history ...Read more

SCSU's Audubon exhibit brings art, taxidermy to library
St. Cloud Times, October 25th

The taxidermy on loan from the biology department likely will remain on view for a few months. During the unveiling, Vergas painted a picture of Audubon, a man who failed at nearly everything he did — from living on the seas to running a frontier...Read more

Outdoors: Rogue taxidermy is in season for Minnesota group, October 24th

It's also a good time for taxidermy art, according to Robert Marbury. Which, according to Marbury, could include a kitten wearing a saddle, a two-headed chick or a cereal bowl containing the bloody-mouthed head of a raccoon. "The fall is really the...Read more

Reminder: Ned Yost used to do taxidermy and hunt with Jeff Foxworthy
SB Nation, October 24th

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Rogue taxidermy, at the crossroads of art and wildlife
Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 15th

Ah, where to start? Maybe (given the bloody fish head in the goblet) by noting that rogue taxidermists are fervent animal lovers. “As humans, we so rarely get to interact with animals on such an intimate level unless they're dead,” said artist Scott Bibus...Read more

Inside The Bizarre World Of Rogue Taxidermy
Co.Design, October 7th

In Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself, Robert Marbury introduces a world of bionic crocodiles, pigs in Chanel bowties, impalas with human faces, and polar bears climbing on refrigerators (get it?). Not...Read more