Taxidermy of Safari #1

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I know these aren't OYOA style, but this past year (Feb 27 - March 6) my brother and I hunted in South Africa with Kido Safaris and yesterday the taxidermist delivered the animals. It was very different from western big game hunting, but a great experience and a great hunt. I was happy getting the mounts back in less than a year and very happy with how they turned out.
 

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The rest of the mounts.
 

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Congrats on a great safari.

I have seen dozens of mounts of african animals that i consider sub standard work, both done locally in south africa and also done in the hunters country of residence. But i have to admit your animals have been done superbly and are a credit to the taxidermist. Well finished mounts and an excellent addition to the trophy room.
 

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Wow, that's a lot of grass seed and onions!

P.S. .......I see what you did there with your thread title. It is a welcome affliction this thing called safari.
 
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That is a some really nice taxidermy. Having been to South Africa I was able to see those nyala up close and personal. I always thought the only way to do them justice is a life size mount because they are just beautiful animals head to toe. So I commend you for choosing to mount yours that way. Excellent all the way around.
 

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Wow, incredible collection. I keep scrolling through looking at individual mounts that I want to comment on, but truthfully they're all stunning. The pedastal on the zebra works fantastic. Is it hide off the same animal?

I don't care what you paid that taxidermist, it was worth it. They're an artist.
 

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kansasdad, they always say you'll be planning safari #2 before your return flight touches down. I was hoping to go back before we left Africa, it can be addicting.

Big Sky, did you hunt nyalas while you were there? I had not planned on any life-size mounts, but as you stated, after watching nyalas I decided they just had too much 'cool' factor for a shoulder mount.

Randy11, the zebra mount was something I planned before going over there and they did use skin from my zebra for the inserts. I'm very happy with the taxidermy work. I lacked the self-restraint to stay with the original plan once I got to Africa and so the taxidermy bill reflected that, luckily my wife is taking the whole thing in stride. Her only stipulation so far has been, if I go back she insists on going too.
 

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