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Preserve Animal Beauty Through Taxidermy

You have hunted the "buck" of your dreams and want to keep a lasting memory? We naturalize it to make it your trophy.

You are in love with wildlife and want to integrate some elements in your décor? We’ll find what you’re looking for.

Import Export Fourrures deals with the best taxidermists in Quebec. So, you are sure to have a realistic representation that will last for years.

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From a decorative moose head with antlers to a bear in attack position, or the naturalization of birds, fish or other animals, your satisfaction is assured.

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What is Taxidermy?

Taxidermy or naturalization is the preserving of an animal's body over a metal or wooden structure. The skin of the animal, after tanning, is then placed over the structure and adjusted. Taxidermy is an art and only expert taxidermists can give a true, lifelike appearance to the animal.

Steps to Taxidermy or Naturalization

  • Skinning is to remove the skin of the animal. This step must be performed carefully and as quickly as possible after the death of the animal. You want to be sure to have the best skin possible for naturalization;
  • Tanning both softens the skin while chemically protecting it from decay;
  • Construction of the model or structure which will carry the skin and shape the naturalized animal;
  • Mounting or moulding is to lay the skin on the structure and then make small adjustments to improve the animal’s appearance.

Tips on Protecting the Skin of the Animal Prior to its Naturalization

You have hunted an animal for naturalization? Here are a few important things to consider to optimize the quality of the final product.

  • Cool all parts of the animal as quickly as possible in order to avoid the proliferation of bacteria that attacks the hairs, feathers or scales;
  • Handle the animal very carefully;
  • Never bleed the animal; you may alter the fur and the skin of the neck;
  • Do not attach the permit or the transport coupon to the ear of the animal to avoid tearing;
  • To retrieve the meat of an animal when you want to naturalize only the head, start at the shoulder and roll the skin up to the base of the neck, or make an incision on the back up to the base of the skull;
  • For animals to be fully naturalized, use a ventral incision. If the animal is not a Cervidae, you can practise a dorsal incision;
  • Quickly cool the skin then fold it meat against meat and put it in a bag from which you remove all air. Bring the skin as quickly as possible to the taxidermist. If this is not possible, freeze it;
  • Be careful when you cut the skin, particularly around the eyes, lips and nose;
  • If unable to rapidly cool the skin, you can use the salt technique. Make sure you first degrease the skin as well as turning inside out and remove any meat from ears, eyelids, lips, inside snout and at the base of claws or hooves. Then stretch the skin in the shade, in a well-ventilated area. Cover with a good layer of salt and rub well. Twelve hours later, shake the skin, drip-dry it and salt again. You can then roll the skin from each side toward the centre.


Bird Naturalization

The skin of birds is not really tanned. We desiccate it and apply products to make it rot-proof.

Choose a mature bird, with dense plumage and well-defined colours. Handle it with care, as the feathers tend to come off easily. Hang it by a leg so it cools quickly then put it in a bag from which you remove all air, and then put it in a freezer.


Fish Naturalization

Handle the fish with care, as scales easily fall off. If possible, take a picture of the fish. It will be very useful to the taxidermist as a naturalized fish must be painted to restore shine to its colours. Cool the fish quickly and then freeze it flat.

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