Discussion in 'Taxidermy' started by cpr0312, Jun 20, 2017.
Thanks for all the replies!
I had mine done at Black Bear Taxidermy in Kimberley South Africa. It was done with backing and it looks great. Total cost $350.00. But it was done in 2012. It is 12' long from tip of its nose to tip of its tail. Hope that helps.
Have always got our flat and backskins tanned in Africa - and the capes done over here by our guys.
Way cheaper over there, and everything we have gotten so far looks real good (our taxidermist actually recommended doing this) Just the way it worked out, left a Zebra to get tanned over here (Canada) - can't remember the exact mount, but it was many times what it would have been over there.
The only bad thing - ended up with an impala flat skin that got switched - ours was a nicely coloured old ram with a few scars - the hide we got is very average, both colour, size and condition, even skinned different...
I also went the route of buying a skin already done versus having it done. I got a skin already backed in Joberg for $1,200 and brought it home on the plane with me. At that time the area I was hunting zebra kill fee was $1,100- and I know the wholesale costs of tanning and rugging in the US- basically $400 for the tan and $400 for professional rugging (again those are wholesale costs). Also with no associated shipping costs whatever merger saving that might have meant to the create. Basically saved half by buying the rug already done versus killing one and sending it back to states for the rest.
I have had two Zebra flatskin rugs, one from Namibia ans one from RSA. Paul Reiser did the Hartman from Namibia with felt back and edging, everything is perfect except they did not add the rings that allow you to hang it on the wall. It looks amazing on the wall BTW.
The South African rug is being done at Splitting Image Taxidermy in Port Elizabeth. It will have a bound edging of black leather and a nonskid backing. They have done work for me in the past and I'm looking forward to seeing it this fall.
OK so maybe I spoke to soon.
Zululand Taxidermy just emailed me to let me know that the tannery did this to two of my hides from last year. They offered to replace them but as far as I'm concerned that kind of defeats the whole purpose for me.
If you want to have a zebra rug from a zebra you shot, get it done in the US. If something goes wrong, you'll have ways to get things done right.
I was a victim of the Africa taxidermist nightmare you read about, and let me tell that it is not fun. They know you are here, and they are there and there is nothing you can do about it. Highveld taxidermist screwed me royally, and the solution I got from the owner, was for me to ship the trophies back (on my dime) so he can fix them, and then ship them back to me (on my dime also). Go figure, pay export & import fees twice.
Here is an example of my what I had to deal with. Look at the bad stitching on my impala, I know it's in the back, but still. All my white tail deer mounts, you can't see the stitching.
Thank you for all the input guys!
Thanks again guys, looks like I'll go with what the majority of you have done. I'll get it made into a rug over there as well as have the back skins tanned there.
I had mine done in South Africa by Splitting image. The backing job was great but it has about 30 dime sized/shaped spots where hair is missing. Not sure if it was due to the tanning or hair slippage in the skinning / 6 months it took to get from Zim to RSA
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