Monday, September 14, 2009

Matebeleland Taxidermy- Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

   You may remember my problem with Matebeleland Taxidermy and my three skulls (buffalo, water buck, and kudu) arriving in a crate with no packing material what-so-ever and bone damage and knocked out teeth. Matabeleland offered to pay for the damage (after I told them I had glued in the broken parts) and assured me they crate left their shop with the skulls packed well, wrapped in plastic, and strapped to the crate's inside. My box arrived with none of the above nor was their any evidence of strapping attachments to the interior of the box.
   It is yesterday's news but I would recommend (after 14 overseas trips) to have your taxidermy done in the good 'ol USA. At least if it is not to your liking, you have recourse. If anything is done in Africa and it is not to your liking, you are out of luck. I have had over a dozen mounts done in South Africa, Australia, and Zimbabwe and all but one has cracked, hair slipped, or the wrong horns added. I have given them all away.