Most commonly asked questions???
And the answers.
Do we mount pets?
No. Regrettably like most taxidermists, we only
undertake museum work and game trophies.
Where can I learn how to do taxidermy?
Our Taxidermy Academy offers courses and personal
one on one tutoring anywhere throughout the world.
Can we tan hides for flat-skins?
Yes, we can tan game skins and sheepskins with
4 inches or less wool.
Delivery time is approximately four months for
The cost depends on the species and is based on
the finished size of the finished skin.
We require 50% deposit upon delivery of the skin.
Do we mount Fish?
Yes, there are two options:
Skin Mount: Using the actual
fish. The fish cannot be gutted and must be in
good condition. This is the more expensive option,
but many people consider it retains the originality
of the actual fish.
Conservation or Reproduction Mount:
A fibre glass reproduction, very realistic, permanent
and less expensive.
Can we value old taxidermy?
Yes. We need to see it, so please bring it in.
Can we repair or restore old taxidermy?
Yes, but often a total remount is the better
option. In which case, we only require the antlers
or horns. We are able to supply replacement skins
from our stock.
Do we do insurance claim quotes?
Yes. Please provide full and descriptive list
of items: species, type of mount, trophy size,
year when mounted. We also need the insurance
company name and claim number if possible.
Do we sell mounts?
Yes, you are welcome to visit our studio to see
our large display or view our on line newsletter.
Can we mount native birds?
Except for those taken legally under game bird
license e.g. Paradise Shelduck and Pukeko, most
native birds are fully protected under the Wildlife
Act. We can mount birds if the specimen has an
accompanying Wildlife permit issued by the Department
of Conservation. The Department of Conversation
usually only issue such permits if the specimen
is to be used for educational or scientific uses.
They do not issue permits for personal display.
If you find a dead native bird specimen in good
condition, we are able to accept it on behalf
of the Department of Conservation.
Are we open on the weekends?
Yes, but only by special arrangement with the
Manager. You will need to make an appointment.
We need time to go hunting and fishing too!
What are the export permit requirements and
The type and cost of the permits constantly change.
Please refer to our online newsletter.
What are the importing requirements into New
You must declare all wildlife or animal products.
MAF will usually fumigate for a small fee. Ensure
all specimens are legally taken and provide CITES
permits when required. Check CITES status of species
Fumigated skins need immediate care to enable
satisfactory tanning. We advise immediate delivery
to our studio. Ask MAF to send to 38 Birmingham
Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Do we sell taxidermy supplies?
Yes, please supply your name and address and
we will post you our current price-list.
What method of payment do we accept?
For your deposit we accept: personal cheque,
cash of any currency, money order or Visa or Mastercard.
For final payment we require cash in New Zealand
dollars or Telegraphic transfer.
For ease of International payment, we can charge
your Visa or Mastercard the final amount in New
Can I take my trophy home with me on the plane?
Bear in mind that it takes a minimum of 4 working
days, sometimes longer, to obtain all the necessary
New Zealand Government export documentation. Also
large items such as antlers attract oversize and
excess baggage charges. It is often a false economy
to take the trophies with you.
Can my trophies be shipped door-to-door?
All shipments of game trophies entering the United
States of America must pass inspection by US Fish
& Wildlife. This must take place at an approved
US Fish & Wildlife Office location. Similar
rules apply to other destinations. Therefore,
it is not possible to ship game trophies door-to-door.
Do discounts apply for multiple mounts?
It is our wish to offer you the absolute finest
quality taxidermy available. From start to finish
every mounted specimen is completely handmade.
All materials and specimens are hand sculptured,
engineered, assembled and painted. Quality takes
time; it is the very nature of handmade artwork.
We are here to offer you the finest, not the fastest
or mass-produced product. For these reasons, discounts
are not possible but quality is assured.
What are our delivery time criteria?
When requested we are able to offer a six to
eight month delivery for most of our clients.
Delivery dates commence after receipt of the following:-
1. Delivery of all the trophies to our
2. Payment of a deposit (approximately
50% of the taxidermy fees).
3. Confirmation of the taxidermy instructions.
Do we mount reptiles?
All New Zealand native reptiles are fully protected.
We have limited experience in this area, but are
happy to quote for reptile work.