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Mounting a Coatimundi

Mounting a Coatimundi

by Bob Mead

Coatimundis (Nasua Nasua), are members of the raccoon family, and are interesting little critters to mount. Coatimundis range from Arizona and parts of southern New Mexico in the United States through Mexico (except the Baja peninsula and central Sierra Madres), and Central America to Panama and marginally into South America in areas west of the Andes, especially in Colombia. Coatis walk with their ringed tails held high, and when climbing, their tails are used for balance. Their ankles are double jointed and extremely flexible, enabling them to descend trees headfirst. With their elongated noses and miniature bear-like faces, coatimundis present a few taxidermical challenges that are not difficult to overcome. A little attention to details and preparation will ensure a unique and stunning mount for your client.

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Cape Buffalo Reference Study

Cape Buffalo Reference Study

by Larry Blomquist and Chip Johnston

One of the most challenging game animals taxidermists will encounter is a bull cape buffalo. Be it a lifesize or shoulder mount, a cape buffalo offers a multitude of challenges in hide preservation, horns, anatomy, skin and muscular features, mounting procedure and finishing work. Selecting reference showing areas of primary importance that will help us capture the essence and correctness of this African legend.

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Buffleheads Reference Study

Buffleheads Reference Study

by Larry Blomquist

What is the difference between a bufflehead and a goldeneye? Bufflehead are smaller than goldeneyes. Both birds at a distance have bright white sides, but common and barrow’s goldeneyes have a white patch just behind the bill. Buffleheads drakes have a large white patch on the back of their heads. Female buffleheads are more uniform brown, with a white patch on the head that female goldeneyes lack.

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Innovative Products: Wayland The Smith

Innovative Products: Wayland The Smith

by Larry Blomquist

When it comes to style and presentation, these new products from Wayland Dobbs Jr. have reached a new benchmark for strength and durability. Kathy and I met Wayland when we visited his booth at the 2023 Texas Taxidermy Association convention and competition this June in Killeen, Texas. I thought, wow these are different, intriguing, and heavy duty. To our delight Wayland is a new advertiser in this issue of  Breakthrough, and you can see his ad on page 47 of this issue. Wayland designs and builds custom metal work for homes, businesses, and does custom metal art. Visit https://waylandthesmith.com as well as his Facebook page.

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2023 Taxidermy Hall of Fame Inductees

2023 Taxidermy Hall of Fame Inductees

Contemporary: Rod Connelly–Pennsylvania

Contemporary: Rodney Schreurs–Wisconsin

Historial: Will Richard–California

Historial: Jane Catherine Tost–Australia

The induction ceremony will be held July 22, 2023, at the National Taxidermists Association convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (See http://taxidermyhalloffame.org.)

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