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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The Wheelmen

The Wheelmen

This elegant tribute to turn-of-the-century bicycling includes memorabilia, photographs, and an index of 3140 bicyc… [read review or visit site]

National Carousel Association

National Carousel Association

Since 1973, the National Carousel Association has been dedicated to preserving and restoring carousels and carousel… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Taxidermy Bird/ Carrion Crow/gothic Mounted 10pt Buck, Shoulder Mount, Whitetail Deer - Man Cave / Cabin TaxidermyTaxidermy Skeleton Skull Stuffed Chihuahua Puppy Halloween Real African Lion Skull Very Large Male Lion With Real Teeth Taxidermy ToothNew Amazing Sweet Large Skunk Mount, Wildlife,collector,squirrel,man Cave !Huge Whitetail Deer Shed Antler Taxidermy-hunting-chasse-prBuffalo Shoulder Mount/taxidermy/bison/hide/realReal Genuine Animal Dog Skeleton Taxidermy Anatomy Skull Art Bone Vet Medicine Buffalo Shoulder Mount/taxidermy/bison/hide/realGray Fox Head Mount, Reserve!!!..head Mount//taxidermy/western DecorWhitetail Deer AntlersBeautiful North American Bobcat Wall Mount! No Reserve!! Taxidermy-hunting-chasse-prTaxidermy Real Monkey Crab Eating Macaque Skeleton SkullMinnesota Skunk Wall Mount,squirrel,coyote,bobcat,fox.. No Reserve!!!!African Lion Skull Very Large Male Lion With Real Teeth Taxidermy Tooth CanineDeer Antler 10pt WhitetailLarge Bulk Lot Wisconsin Whitetail Deer Buck Antlers Horns Racks 6 7 8 Pt PointNew Amazing Large-tail Grey Squirrel Mount, Wildlife,collector,man Cave !Adorable Baby Skunk Reserve!!Buffalo Head Mount/taxidermy/bison/realWhitetail Deer Antler Chandelier Made From Real AntlersWhitetail Deer Antlers Sheds 169" GrossGiant Moose Shed Antler Huge Palms Taxidermy Moose Deer HuntingLarge Lot Of Buck Deer Antlers, Taxidermy Sheds, Deer Horns CraftsWhitetail Deer Mount Head Taxidermy Mounted Shed Mule Antler Bone Rack Hunting Taxidermy-hunting-chasse-pr Taxidermy-hunting-chasse-pr Taxidermy-hunting-chasse-prCow Skull Steer Longhorns 3 Feet 4 1/2 In Horns # 2852Morel Mushroom Deer Antler Antlers Hand Carved Carving Oak Burr Spore MushroomsRare Antique Black Forest Antler Clock 31'' {{no Reserve}} ""free Shipping""Grade B Zebra Skin RugMule Whitetail Deer Mount Head Taxidermy Mounted Shed Antler Bone Rack HuntingAgrias Phalcidon Fornierae Male!!fresh! ! !rare ! !mounted! !!Real Rare! Large Peppered Moray Eel Skull! Taxidermy Snake Fish Skeleton WeirdElk Antlers Nice 6 Point ShedTaxidermy Mummy Mummified Rottweiler Puppy Stuffing Skull Halloween Freak VoodooWhitetail Deer Antlers 10 Point Tennessee Buck W/18 1/2 Inch Spread4 Argus Pheasant Fly Fishing Tying Borneo Exotic Bird Taxidermy Wing FeathersWhitetail Deer Antler Chandelier Made From Real AntlersAntique Sawfish Shark Bill 30&3/4 " Sawtooth Rostrum Fossil TaxidermyVintage!!! House Cat,kitten!!!!! Reserve!!!!Huge 9 Point Whitetail Deer Head And Shoulder Mount - 17 Inch Spread - TaxidermySteer Skull Long Horns 4' 3" Cow Bull Skulls Horn H5991Buffalo Head Mount/taxidermy/bison/realNew Amazing Large-tail, Fox Squirrel Mount, Wildlife,collector,man Cave !Fresh Maine Moose Shed Antler Deer Taxidermy Carving Elk Knives Hunting CabinBlack Crappie Taxidermy Fish MountReal Very Rare! Large Blue Throat Trigger Fish Skeleton! Taxidermy Skull Animal Lion Head Rug Taxidermy 10 Point Whitetail Deer Head And Shoulder Mount - 17 Inch Spread - TaxidermyHuge 2pt Blacktail Deer Shed Antler Not WhitetailYellow Perch Taxidermy Fish Mount10 Point! White Tail Deer Skull Mount... No Reserve!!!!Vintage Real Taxidermy Mongoose Fighting Cobra Standing Full Body Mount SnakeLot Of 17 Whitetail Deer Antler Sheds Dog Chew 10 Lbs L-26New Amazing X Large-tail Gray Squirrel Mount Collector,man Cave, Nr Look !Lot Of 4 Sets Whitetail Deer Racks Antlers Rattles

Recent News: Taxidermy

Source: Google News

Linton resident a winner in taxidermy contest at Southern Indiana Outdoor Festival
Greene County Daily World, October 20th

Ringo also was awarded second place in the furs division of the taxidermy contest. The festival, sponsored by the Tourism Commission of Sullivan County, was located at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds in Sullivan, a day-long event on Saturday. In...Read more

Caution: Rogue taxidermy is in season Press, October 17th

Scott Bibus stands in the basement where he has a variety of taxidermy, creations mounted to his walls including an elk, left,l and a dead dog, far right, that he sculpted, then finished with latex and foam, at his Minneapolis home on Thursday, October...Read more

I learned to stuff animals on a taxidermy course
The Guardian, October 17th

At the beautifully preserved Barts Pathology Museum, Amanda Sutton holds taxidermy classes where you can learn how to stuff a rat (and occasionally a squirrel, hamster or rabbit). I wanted to do it because I like filling my house with weird stuff, and...Read more

Hunterdon taxidermy business expands into booking hunting trips, selling firearms
Hunterdon County Democrat, October 16th

Wyant, almost 63, grew up in Bloomsbury, and at age 10 began hunting on the Bethlehem Township farm of his grandfather, Howard Segreaves. At about age 13 he took a correspondence course in taxidermy, learning on squirrels that were plentiful but small ...Read more

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

When Taxidermy Goes Wrong (PHOTOS)
The Weather Channel, October 15th

"A lot of people will point to old taxidermy and say it was poorly done, and although this may be the case sometimes, it is necessary to understand that technology, materials and the wide availability of information weren't anything like what they are...Read more

Women Are Dominating the Rogue Taxidermy Scene
VICE, October 14th

When taxidermy became popular during the Victorian era, it was mostly men who hunted, skinned, fleshed, and stuffed the animals. History's roster of well-known taxidermists include guys like John Hancock (not the American revolutionary), Charles...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