Taxidermy Info Request
Heading over on a lion hunt and was wondering if anyone has any experiences
with a quality taxidermist that is good with cats in SA? Looking at doing a rug
and am weighing the options of having it just done there or back in the states. Thanks
to all for the help planning and such.
You will probably be nowhere near them but Relive Africa Taxidermy in PE rivals the best NA has to offer. Travis DeVilles is active on some taxidermy forums and his taxidermy form sculpting is second to none. They have a big photo gallery on facebook.
Relive Africa Taxidermy (South Africa) - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Local Business | Facebook
They have the nicest Eland mounts I have seen, their Springbok wall pedistals display these hansom creatures better than any I have seen and more to your interest the lions are stunning. Needless to say I am impressed and inspired by their work.
Good luck on your Lion hunt!
If you decide to do it in the US look into Frank J. Zitz & Co. He's probably the finest taxidermist in the country. Have agreat trip!
I have looked at a few rug options and lifesize as well. Just thinking a rug would be more practical and easier to "fit in" amongst the other rugs.
Whats you opinion brother David?
Thanks guys for the info, I have sent out inquiries to a few taxi's that you folks have recommended.
A few more options:
In SA - Bullseye Taxidermy, in Vaalwater (Bull's Eye Taxidermy )
In the States: Brush Country Taxidermy in Houston (Home - Brush Country Studios Taxidermy & Specialty Gifts ) & B&B Taxidermy in Houston (Taxidermy of North American - African Mounts ). All do excellent work.
I would do the rug, to me that is the traditional style for a lion mount. I love how they look and I think it would be just as good as a bear rug.
I agree. I think I could fit it in above the wolf or brown bear...Or your place
Originally Posted by davidt
I always use Trans Africa Taxidermy and have always been happy. It is a regular stop for me on the way to the airport. They are very professional and send pics of mounts in progress. I have mounts from them that are 15 years old, still look great and have held together. Having said this I think very few taxidermists mount predators well. Lions, leopards, bears, wolves etc. If you were going to do a full mount I would bring it back to the US and let someone like Brush country, Wes Goode or Animal artistry do it.
Anybody out there have a lion/lioness rug done up that you might be willing to share a couple pics?
Three cats done by Bulls Eye.
Originally Posted by Buff-Buster
(The Rooikat was not the focus of the picture. I cropped it from the background of another shot)
The Lions are NOT finished yet.
If you decide to do a rug I would definitely contact Mary at Krueger's Creations Taxidermy
in Phoenix Arizona.
Their contact info: (623) 582-0237 and email@example.com
Mary is world champion Chris Kruegers wife. He mounts the heads and she does the rugging. Hard to go wrong there.
Originally Posted by ThomasBeaham
Well still haven't made a decision on a Taxi service yet. I do think that with the possibility of the US closure on lion that having the lion done in SA would lead to undue stress to if it makes it back before the closure. Have sent out a few emails and made a couple calls to the folks rec. in the previous posts. Thanks for your opinions and thoughts on this and with the dates getting closer and closer seems like I will be picking our final choice very soon.
Buff Buster is correct I've had stuff done by Bullseye and it is the best I've ever seen from SA