anonymous asked:

Who is taxidermy humiliating to? Animals don't have a sense of shame over their bodies being used as objects once they no longer occupy those bodies. imo no one owns their bodies after their brain has died. So it's ok to use their bodies as props/objects. I mean, I think the only reason anyone's body should belong to them is bc their body is a vessel for their brain (where THEY really reside). So once the brain is dead, I see no reason for why that body should still belong to the past owner.

Lemme just stuff your grandma and put her on display in my apartment

Walter Potter (1835-1918) was a taxidermist who specialized in the unique. His pieces usually involved animals in human-like situations, often wearing clothing.  His specimens mainly died of natural causes, like in this piece, “Monkey Riding a Goat, c. 1870s.”  The monkey was acquired after he robbed a fruit stand in Shoreham, and was doused with a bucket of cold water.  The shock killed him.  The goat, on the other hand, was extremely aggressive, and was “put to an end”. (via A Case of Curiosities)


Julien Salaud

In Julien Salaud’s work there is a whole pantheon filled with animals depicted in different ways, such as drawing, etching and sculpture. It is generally accepted that his work examines the connections between man and animal. That is indeed one side of his work, but transformation is really the core of it: wood animals skins or insects turning into something else with additional beads, nails, feathers or rhinestone.

Julien Salaud lives and works in Orléans – France. He is represented by Suzanne Tarasiève art gallery in Paris.


Chicago-based artist Jessica Joslin (previously featured here) just completed this awesome winged monkey sculpture. His name is Auguste and he’s made of antique bone, brass, silver, velvet, glove leather and glass eyes. And we love him. Less talk, more winged skellington monkeys.

Visit Jessica Joslin’s website to check out more of her marvelous creatures.

[via the Jessica Joslin newsletter]

One of our ornithologists, Josh Engel, photographed this Black-legged seriema (Chunga burmeisteri) from the bird preparation lab. They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that couldn’t be more true when you’re talking about a good, traditional taxidermy mount. Cotton and wood fibers are woven and wrapped together with wire and twine to recreate the animal’s form and body shape. It’s anatomical arts and crafts! 

Check out Part I and Part II of our episode “How to Taxidermy a Squirrel,” and for more on the importance of taxidermy, we’ve got a campaign for you!


Nope! It’s just the most life-like taxidermied animals!