What is taxidermy?
Taxidermy is the art of preserving animals and showing them as they looked when alive.
If you have ever been to a natural history museum, then you may have seen life-size figures of tigers, antelopes and other wild animals.
We think of them as “stuffed animals” and this is just what taxidermy involves. It is the art of preserving animals and showing them as they looked when alive.
To “stuff” an animal, the taxidermist first measures the skin of the dead animal. Then he carefully removes the skin and treats it with special materials to preserve it.
Next, he makes a model of wire covered with clay or plaster the exact size of the animal. Form this model, the final figure of burlap and glue is cast.
Finally, the skin is sewn over the “Manikin.” Other features are added, such as the eyes and tongue. The eyes are hollow gloves painted to look like the natural eyes.
The preserved animals are usually displayed in their natural setting and look very much alive. – Dick Rogers