Taxidermist Otjiwarongo Namibia
I am new to the forum and new to the African hunting experience. I will be heading to Aloegrove Safaris in April with a few friends and we are very excited. I haven't been able to find a lot of references to his place but I think that is because he takes more photo safari customers over hunters. I have been able to contact several of the clients that hunted with him in 2012 and they all had a great experience, so that is reassuring.
My question is which taxidermist should I use while there in Otjiwarongo? I am thinking I am just going to have dip and pack done there and have the taxidermy work done in the US by a friend of mine who has done some excellent work for me previously. Right now I am leaning towards using Kings Taxidermy, but I also don't know about exporters either.
For a novice going to the Dark Continent there is a lot to learn, and I am trying to learn as much as I can prior to heading over. I already have found my place to hunt (Aloegrove), paid my deposit after talking to references and getting my answers back to all questions quickly and to my satisfaction, purchased plane tickets and laid on my taxidermist.
Now for the stuff I am still working out...the dip and pack taxidermist, the exporter, and then the importer in the US to get my (our) stuff through US Customs. What are the pitfalls that I need to look out for as I negotiate through this part of the process? I am trying to lay out every possible expense so I don't bust my budget (my wife very generously provided me $10k).
I know you are going to ask so I am going to hunt for mountain zebra, kudu, oryx and warthog. I know with the warthog not to bring the hide into the States so I am just taking the skull and tusks. Speaking of the Mountain zebra, has anybody taken these recently and tried to import them into the US? I know that it is a CITES animal and the website for the Customs and Border Protection, Law Enforcement section states that it only has to see the CITES export permit from Namibia in order to allow it. Is that something that is taken care of by my PH? Do I specifically have to ask to have that done or is that automatically done prior to my arrival because it is on my wish list?
Thanks everybody for all the great help and information to this point.