A Taxidermist is responsible for the art of preserving and mounting animals for display purposes. They use a variety of methods to clean, tan and stuff the animal skins in order to create lifelike mounts. A Taxidermist must have excellent attention to detail in order to recreate the natural habitat of the animal and achieve a realistic result.

Taxidermist Job Responsibilities

  • Receive and prepare animal skins for taxidermy.
  • Clean, tan and preserve animal skins.
  • Mount animal skins on artificial forms to create lifelike displays.
  • Paint and finish mounts to achieve a realistic appearance.
  • Install completed mounts in homes, offices, museums and other locations.


  • To prepare and mount the skins of animals for display or study
  • To create a lifelike representation of the animal using molding and painting techniques
  • To work with customers to discuss their needs and preferences for the taxidermy project

Taxidermist Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • The skills and qualifications needed for the role of taxidermist vary depending on the country in which they work. In the United States, for example, taxidermists must have a valid driver's license and be at least 18 years old. They must also complete a training program that lasts anywhere from six months to two years.