WHAT IS TAXIDERMY
Taxidermy treatment is a complex of activities carried out by qualified person with the dead body of a mammal, bird, fish, reptile or insect (through proper anatomical approach to recreate the correct posture) receiving reconstruction of the appearance that resembles a living organism or creature. The purose of the taxidermy treatment is preservation the dead body in a natural form for a long period of time until its presentation at the Museum of Natural History or at schools for the enrichment of the teaching material. Also, for the enrichment of the collection of hunting clubs or private clubs.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER PRESERVATION OF THE PREY FROM THE TIME IT IS CAUGHT TILL THE TIME IT IS DELIVERED TO THE EMBALMER.
When we catch the prey and make a decision to do the taxidermy treatment we must follow certain actions to reach the result of taxidermy treatment the best possible.
Taking the prey in our hands, we check for any damages that had caused by the shooting, when it fell and when our dog deliver it to us (aport). We carefully check out for missing feathers or groups of feathers (wings) jeopardizing during the taxidermy to be left uncovered skin area. Also pay attention to the plumage is complete have reached matriculation status, ie will be small, immature feathers due to change of feathering. If we find out that many feathers are missing, it's better to search for another. Holes in the body, legs, nose, caused by the shots, can be corrected and defaced by the specialist who will make the taxidermy treatment.
The dirty feathers from the wounds (blood , mud, etc.) are not a problem because after arading and tannering the specimens are fully washed. We assure only that we have in out possession some sheets of newspapers. We wrap the prey in the newspaper (roll) , to protect its feathers and put it into a bag.
If we have only hangers, we make sure that the pray is hanged by the feet
For various reasons, each of us can keep the specimens in his freezer at home for a very long time till it is given to the the taxidermist treator and for the reason that in the freezer is making the skin and meat dry (burn) , I would suggest the following:
We put the animal in a plastic bag designed for freezing food, wrapped as it is wraped in the newspaper. Removing as much air from the bag and we hermetically sealed it. We use a second bag for freezing and placee the first into the second (the opening side of the first plastic bag is opposite of the opening of the second one) and removing as much air and hermetically to sealed it. Now is ready to put it into the freezer. The suitable temperature for deep freezing is the freezer shaped like a chest with a temperature of -18 C ° to - 25 C °, and not the freezer in our home. The domestic freezer will dry the speciments much faster.
Mesurement and skinning method for big speciments:
If you visit the reserve in order to hunt for large mammal for taxidermy treatment, you must have a measure, knife, pencil and paper.
The large mammals, because of their size and weight, it is almost impossible to transfer it to the all embalmer or to be frozen. Therefore it must be skinned on the spot. If the animal is meant to be stuffed whole, it is necessary to be mesured .
Nose - eye.
Nose - neck.
Nose - the tail light.
Circumference of the chest.
If the animal is intended to be stuffed half (bust), the skin should be cut behind the front legs. If the animal is horned, then in order to be removed the skull with the horns by cutting through the skin in the neck area in the form of Υ.
Then the skin can be folded, placed in a bag and stored in freezer.
Enemies - Protection:
The stuffed exhibit can be stored for a very long time in its original form, if it is well protected.
Its enemies are :
1. Moth that destroys the feathers
2. beetle muse that destroys the skin,
|3. moisture, which could decompose the exhibit,||4. the sun, since its radiation could change the exhibit's colour.|
The protection from these insects is :
Spaying with odorless Baigon two or three times a year and the placing of Vapona or other anti-moth near the exhibits.