A year and a half in the making... and Chad's African skulls and hides
have made it to our local taxidermist! Honestly, we had a few issues
with getting the hides and skulls from Shingani Safaris in a timely
fashion, but we are very grateful to have them in hand. When it was all said and done, Chad brought home seven trophies from his trip: kudu, impala, warthog, gemsbok, blesbok, zebra, and a blue wildebeest. You can read all about his trip and see pictures on the mid-trip update and here.
The skulls came first and are hanging in the basement along with a few other skulls from trophies that haven't quite make the 'cut' to mount throughout the years. (Sidenote - I did kill at least one of the animals on this wall! The deer on the right is my 2007 mule deer). The hides came next and Joe (Wild Things Taxidermy) has the capes and we have the backskins. They are pretty neat. I cannot believe Chad didn't take a picture of the zebra hide - but I
guess we will just have to wait to see that when it is completed!
Here's my question though, what should we do with them? Obviously, we don't have a ton of room in this house and I don't really want a bunch of skins hanging around - so they might just go in a tote for protection for a while. Eventually though, I was thinking maybe covering barstools, or having a chair upholstered with the hides - I even told Chad I would totally wear a pair of custom blue wildebeest chinks if he wanted to have them made for me! What are your thoughts? What should we do with the backskins? What would you do with them?