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I have heard that some people put together dioramas by putting a stuffed animal in a realistic depiction of it's natural habitat. Is this true? I think that the article should have some pictures of one. By the way, how does someone put one together? I would like to try one.

yes dioramas are probably the most common display of taxidermy, at least in England. visit or for some examples. they make the rocks out of papier mache normally (as you can't drill through rocks easily to insert the wires) and use real twigs and moss.

What is ataxidermy collector called? A taxidermist also? What?

If one does not exist, a word must be introduced to define a collector of taxidermy - I propose `taxidermor'. Confirmation will come from inclusion in the Oxford Dictionary. Meanwhile, taxidermatologists who contribute to the Wikipedia may respond to this proposition.

Reverted poorly formatted additions by this account. Please feel free to add the text back if any of it is notable. - RoyBoy 800 21:17, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

A collector would probably be called a "taxidermaphile."--Dwane E Anderson (talk) 15:25, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Crypto-taxidermy photo[edit]

Would this photo qualify as crypto-taxidermy? The article said that it could be an extinct creature and it could be artificially created (as it was). - 12:05, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

I think that's a great photo and could certainly be added. It would be great to see a whole new article on crypto-taxidermy actually, with its own gallery. Loxlie 01:21, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

I have now added it to the article. - 20:06, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

  • I doubt it is stuffed, only parts of real animals used seem to be the feathers, so it doesn't qualify as taxidermy. Funkynusayri (talk) 02:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC)


The only process I've heard of that even comes close to taxidermy in plants is Silk Plants & dried flowers. Is there a way to actually preserve a plant?. Freeze-drying perhaps?. Maybe that might even work for fruit, preserving the entire fruit, color, texture, shape & all!. Maybe there might be another process as well. If such a thing were possible it would deserve mention in the article, and maybe the Silk/Plastic Plants too. - 20:06, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Anthropomorphic Dioramas[edit]

There seems to be no mention of the sort of displays where small animals are represented in scenes mimicking human activities. Mice having tea parties, or squirrels in a court room and the like. I know that a lot of very important taxidermists specialised in this style in the Victorian period and there is growing interest in their art today and they can attract high prices for the best work. Should there not be a section on this and the taxidermists who practised this form? Agrestis 11:43, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

something should be added pertaining "steampunk" taxidermy... its quite interesting. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Rogue Taxidermy[edit]

This looks more like an publicity article for an organization, see the large ad/photo on the page. Merge it into this page? -- 14:14, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. Done. 20:21, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Nowhere is there any description of what rouge taxidermy is, only what it "is not. Article implies that it is simply poor taxidermy ("botched"), but photo examples imply that a rogue taxidermist is not bad at their craft but taking fanciful artistic license with their works. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:30, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Human taxidermy[edit]

Can there be more information on human taxidermy? For instance, is it legal? Are there certain cituation in which it is allowed? Does it exist at all? These are just some thing I am interested in. Crakker (talk) 21:20, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Lenin was taxidermied when he died. There's also a famous British college administrative figure who was taxidermied, as per his own will. I forget his name, though. He is also on display, in a glass case. --

I think you are thinking of Jeremy Benthan, see this page (talk) 02:33, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

Lenin was embalmed and is continually preserved chemically. That is not the same as taxidermy, wherein only the skin is preserved. This kind of chemical preservation of human bodies can be found in every funeral home. The closest thing you are likely to find to human taxidermy is in a scientific or educational context, like Body Worlds or Bodies: The Exhibition—or in stories about Ed Gein…. Gerweck (talk) 21:44, 6 May 2012 (UTC)


There are a handful of surviving very old examples of taxidermied dodo birds, right? It would be good to feature a photo of one in this article. -- (talk) 02:34, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

No, there are only skeletons. There was 1 but it was destroyed in a fire i think in the 1800's or so. (talk) 20:38, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

There is a head and a leg, but that's all. There's a photo of a cast of them in the dodo article. FunkMonk (talk) 21:23, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

they are recreated out of goose feathers and such and are only "puppets" if i remember — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gmanizer (talkcontribs) 21:00, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Homo sapiens[edit]

What about Vladimir Lenin, Saartjie Baartman, and other stuffed humans? Is it permissible to include them in the article?Lestrade (talk) 14:07, 20 August 2009 (UTC)Lestrade

Victorian museums[edit]

I'm doubtful that its true to say that stuffed animals only developed in the eaerly 20th. century, as Victorian museums were full of them. (talk) 15:04, 5 April 2010 (UTC)


The article describes the use of skins and glass eyes, but it doesn't explain about the teeth. If they use the real teeth, do they use the entire real jaw to support them? What about the other parts of the mouth; the tongue, palate, gum, etc? Maybe someone familiar with this can add some explanation. --Dwane E Anderson (talk) 15:39, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

cool! My image was helpful to another article! (tiger)[edit]

That is so cool that my uploaded image was helpful here. I actually thought it would not be for more than Tanner article. But I guess that is why we have Commons. It sounds trivial, but I am stoked that this method of open collaboration worked.TCO (talk) 00:56, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Why the hell isn't Chuck Testa mentioned?[edit]

Wikipedia, I am disappoint. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:26, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

It's a viral video that doesn't detail taxidermy itself; just a fictitious taxidermist making a hilariously lame commercial. A popular culture section listing the video could be added, though. Dr. Whooves (talk) 01:33, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
Chuck Testa "FICTITIOUS"? Nope -- (and tbh I went to this Wikipedia article BECAUSE I just watched a handful of Chuck Testa's tip videos @ ; very noteable imo. (talk) 06:20, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
I've added an "In Popular Culture" section to the article, containing an entry about the Chuck Testa video. Dr. Whooves (talk) 21:23, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
I added a section about the meme based on Chuck testa,but it was reverted... --Sam 15:05, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Chuck Testa vandalism[edit]

Something seriously needs to be done about the ridiculous amount of article blanking and replacing the content with "You probably thought this was an article on taxidermy. Nope. Chuck Testa." It's getting like, out of control man. D; Glacialfox (talk) 23:26, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

This is probably why. Mikaey, Devil's advocate 00:09, 16 November 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:02, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Taxidermy: Art and Science[edit]

combine material under proper name DGG ( talk ) 04:32, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Draft:History of Taxidermy[edit]

Someone created Draft:History of Taxidermy but I don't know its quality compared to the history sections here. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 05:32, 1 September 2015 (UTC)


Should there be a chapter or a link to whatever it is called when you conserve skeletons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:51, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Common pests?[edit]

Since the purpose of taxidermy is to preserve and display a skin despite the various little critters that would like to make it their meal, shouldn't the article have a subsection mentioning the most common pests (microbial, 6-legged, 4-legged, etc.) to be discouraged from doing so? There is some coverage of this, but is is buried in the "freeze-dry" subsection, where it will be missed by all but the most careful readers. Should this material be split out into its own subsection and perhaps expanded? Reify-tech (talk) 04:42, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

"The negative air pressure in the chamber pulls moisture out of the animal's body"[edit]

Utter nonsense. Doesn't anyone here have even an elementary understanding of physics? (talk) 15:15, 6 May 2017 (UTC)