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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'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Chris Pratt shares his love of taxidermy on ...
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"I like to hunt and fish and I like taxidermy," he says. "I like to do my own taxidermy." It turns out Pratt will bring home squirrel pelts to hang in his garage. Don't worry, he preserves it first so they don't rot. He hasn't taken the next step to...Read more

Mad Science, taxidermy shows at wildlife park
Lewiston Sun Journal, July 31st

Mad Science, taxidermy shows at wildlife park. Connections |. Thursday, July 31, 2014. GRAY — The Maine Wildlife Park will host a Mad Science Fire and Ice Show from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2...Read more

Pilot Center Taxidermy Class offered
Elkin Jonesville Tribune, July 30th

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Novice and advanced taxidermy enthusiasts can learn and fine-tune their skills during Surry Community College's upcoming taxidermy courses at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Surry Community College is offering two ...Read more

This Woman Will Teach You How to Eat Your Taxidermy
Munchies_ Food by VICE, July 29th

As part of the upcoming Feast food festival at Tobacco Dock this weekend, Kaye will host an “Eat Your Taxidermy” class starring a dead rabbit. Kaye, who studied fine art at Loughborough University before turning to taxidermy, will instruct participants...Read more

Study and learn the artof taxidermy at Pilot Center
Pilot Mountain News, July 28th

SCC is offering two taxidermy courses, both which start in August and last through December. The Taxidermy Fish, Reptiles, Small Game and Life-size class will cover both fish/reptiles and small game/life-size mounts. Topics include skinning, fleshing, ...Read more

'Edible taxidermy' masterclasses see food revolution taken a step further
The Independent, July 26th

If you think the nose-to-tail eating mantra pushes the food revolution as far as it can go, then prepare to think again. A London-based taxidermist will challenge foodies to go one step further this weekend by asking them to stuff what they are eating...Read more

Local taxidermist wins national award
Log Cabin Democrat, July 26th

Rodney Harper of Harper's Pure Country Taxidermy in Damascus recently won a national award for the fish shown here. Harper, a taxidermist with 25 years of experience, has won several state and regional awards as well. ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO...Read more

It's a Jungle in Here
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