Kotoko Taxidermy Training in Bloemfontein

Kotoko Provides in-house Taxidermy Training


Kotoko Taxidermy offers the following courses in the art of taxidermy.

Six Weeks Taxidermy Training (240 Hours)

Novice - Hobby Training Course Syllabus
Covers the following aspects of Taxidermy: 

This course covers the following aspects of Taxidermy:

  1. Field Preparations for trophies
    Taking field measurements
    Plaster of Paris print of animal
    Photo’s for references
     
  2. Capping of trophies
    Shoulder mount
    Full mount
    Birds
     
  3. Preparing of the skin for mounting
    Preparation of the skin in the veldt
    Preserving of skin
    Preparation of skull and horns
    Preserving of skull and horns
     
  4. Tanning process
    Tanning of shoulder mount capes
    Tanning of full mount capes
    Tanning birds
    Tanning of reptiles, fish
     
  5. Sculpture of form for trophy
    Sculpturing methods
    Making fiberglass moulds
    Cast a form
    Changing of existing form Animal anatomy
     
  6. Mounting of trophy
    Shoulder mount
    Full mount
    Finishing of trophy and after care of trophy
     
  7. Finishing of trophy
    Shoulder mount
    Full mount finishing
    Making of habitat and base making
     
  8. Reproduction of horns, tusk, tongues etc
    Preparation and making of form
    Different methods and material used
    Finishing of reproduction horns etc
     
  9. Mounting of birds
     
  10. Making of curios out of horns and bones
     
  11. Skull mounting
    European mounts
    Predator skull mounts
    Tusk mounts
     
  12. Administration
    Record keeping of each trophy
    Costing of processes
    General office book keeping
    Marketing / advertising
    Marking of trophies for identification
    Measuring of trophies for Rowland ward
     
  13. Dip and ship
    Exporting of raw products and trophies
    Preparation of Dip Ship trophies
    Law enforcement and permits
    Packing, crating of trophies for export
     
  14. Law enforcement
    Cites
    Ordinances
    Veterinary standards

 

Examinations

During each course students must pass written examinations on each module. Trophies by the students will also be judged by qualified judges.

For further enquiries regarding the taxidermy training, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Student Achievements

Student of 2009, Paul Smith from Relive Africa Taxidermy won the first prize in the TASA Trophy Competition of 2011. Following is what he had to say:

From my corporate office desk and never having mounted a single animal to being the owner of an export approved taxidermy business in a year is something I woud have not deemed possible.  This short term success is largely due to the training I received during my 3 month professional taxidermy training source with Pierre, Anel and the rest of th Kotoko Taxidermy staff.  It covered all aspects of taxidermy from skinning, mould making and from changing to finishing, export applications and curio making.  With Anel's commercial tannery also on the premises the esposure to skin treatment processes is an added bonus.  The best aspect of the training is that it is all hands on and at your pace and because it takes place in the commercial taxidermy business enviroment you get exposed to the day to day running of such a facility so you see the good and the bad.  All the staff is open with their knowledge sharing and the post course support and guidance I have reveived from Pierre has been invaluable.  I would recommend that anyone who is contemplating a career in the taxidermy field give serious consideration to doing their training with Pierre at Kotoko Taxidermy. You will not be disappointed.

Again I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Pierre, Anel, Cosi, Erna and the rest of the Kotoko staff for the wounderful 3 months I spent with them last year; it was a dream come true for me.

Thanks again

Paul Smith

For further enquiries regarding the taxidermy training, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Student of 2009 (Paul Smith from Relive Africa Taxidermy) - 1st Prize Tasa trophy competition 2011

Student of 2009 (Paul Smith from Relive Africa Taxidermy) - 1st Prize Tasa trophy competition 2011

3rd place during the 6 week taxidermy training George made different mounts; Blesbuck half mount, Black backed Jackal full mount, Bronze Blesbuck skull and Redknobbed Coot  full mount.

3rd place during the 6 week taxidermy training George made different mounts; Blesbuck half mount, Black backed Jackal full mount, Bronze Blesbuck skull and Redknobbed Coot full mount.

Dina with her trophies after her six week taxidermy course in 2010

Dina with her trophies after her six week taxidermy course in 2010

Johanna Pritinheimo is from Finland.  She completed her three month course successfully in 2011

Johanna Pritinheimo is from Finland. She completed her three month course successfully in 2011

Philip Veitch completed his three month course successfully in 2011

Philip Veitch completed his three month course successfully in 2011

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