African Taxidermy Mounts
African taxidermy mounts include the traditional shoulder mount which is far by far the most popular choice for African hunters. For some animals, especially the cats, nothing short of a full mount will do justice to the animal and the hunt memories.
The the decision on which type of African taxidermy mount to have is one usually based on personal taste, space available to display the trophies and budget. More and more hunters are deciding to forgo trophy taxidermy altogether as the cost of the taxidermy work and shipping often works out to be such a significant amount that could go towards their next African hunt. They are happy to rely on their trophy photographs to recall the memories of the hunt.
Assuming you do want to keep your trophies to be taxidermied...
- As you take each of your African animals, you will be asked which mount you would like for it and the skin will be cut appropriately. This is a more or less 'do or die' decision because it is nearly impossible to convert a skin to different mount style once it has been cut. You can see from the skinning diagrams how skinning for each mount differs.
- It is always a good idea to have thought about what taxidermy mounts you want before the hunt, possibly at the time you are selecting your taxidermist. Take a good look at the various mounts your prospective taxidermist has done with the African game you intend to hunt, to see if you like his work.
- If you are really unsure of what you want to keep as a trophy at the time of skinning, ask to have the skinning done to cover all the possibilities. Remember, you can take skin away but cannot add it and some cuts cannot be adjusted to make different mounts. For example, a flat skin cannot be turned into a full mount but a full mount could be reduced to a shoulder mount.
Choices For African Taxidermy Mounts
Other African Trophy Parts
- The back skin is the remaining skin after a cape has been cut. These can be tanned (with fur) or leathered to make leather items, rugs etc.
- If you decided on a skull mount only, you may want to keep the whole or partial flatskin to be a fur rug or leathered.
- Feet and/or hooves of antelope, buffalo or zebra make interesting bookends or lampstands. Elephant feet are traditionally made into footstools or umbrella holders.
- Tails may be kept as a separate item. Tails with long hairs, such as from wildebeest, can made into ornamental fly-swats.
- Skin panels usually taken from elephant or hippo can be used to upholster furniture like chairs, stools, footstools or to make into items such as rifle cases.
- Elephant tail hairs can be made into the popular knotted bracelets. These really need to be made by an expert skinner while you are in Africa, particularly if you want a fancy treble bangle.
- Elephant ears can be made into a decorated wall ornament. The shape of an elephant's ear resembles the outline of the African continentand can be painted with various African animals or scenes.
- More examples of accessory, furnishing or decorative items can be seen here.
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