Care Of A Fresh Specimen

A finished specimen can be greatly affected by the way it was handled when found and in some cases can be completely ruined by poor handling and storage. By following a few simple guidelines you can help the taxidermist produce a pleasing well-prepared mount.

After assuring yourself that the specimen was not illegally killed any blood should if possible, be wiped from the fur or feathers before it has chance to dry and stain.

Next place the specimen in a plastic bag and expel as much air as possible, any extremities like beaks legs etc should be folded close to the body to prevent damage while frozen.

Seal the bag tightly and freeze immediately. If it is going to be some time before you can freeze the specimen wrap it in newspaper or similar and place in a cool place. When you are able to freeze it remove the paper and put it in a plastic bag as described

Care Of The Mounted Specimen

A well-prepared specimen will last many years if properly cared for and handled. Obviously a specimen enclosed in a display case of some description will benefit from the extra protection.

Try to avoid touching or stroking the mounted specimen as the natural oils in your fingers will quickly be transferred to the fur or feathers.

Mounted specimens should not be exposed to bright sunlight, as this will cause fading of the delicate pigments of the fur or feathers. Periodic gentle dusting with fine dry cotton wool in the direction of the fur or feathers should be adequate to remove the accumulated dust.