Where do the animals come from?

Taxidermy can be a very divisive art form, especially for a country of animal lovers like we are in the UK. Rest assured that none of the animals used at the Morbitorium have been killed specifically for us and we do not condone hunting or animal cruelty in any way.

All our specimens come from a variety of different sources…

  • Roadkill
    • If the animal is still fresh enough and is relatively undamaged it will be used for taxidermy purposes
    • If the damage is too severe or if it has been lying for too long I will let it decompose naturally in a ‘bone cage’ until just the skeleton remains. These bones will then be used in a variety of different ways
    • So far we have collected a fox, numerous birds, squirrels and some rabbits from the roadside
  • Natural causes
    • Natural causes also includes the ‘food chain’. i.e. Birds that have been killed by cats etc
    • Some owners have kindly donated their deceased pets to me
    • Birds flying into windows
    • We have been donated many rats, mice and birds
  • Pet food discards
    • Some rats, mice and rabbits are sourced from reptile centres. These were originally destined to be pet food for snakes and other reptiles
    • Our taxidermy classes exclusively use animals from this source as we can guarantee that they are clean and disease free

If you live locally (South Wales valleys area) and would like to assist us by contacting the roadkill hotline or donating any deceased animals you may find have then please get in touch

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