Hunting animals for sport or food and displaying a preserved part of their bodies as a souvenir is called hunting trophies. To some, trophy hunting is an important wildlife conservation tool, while for others it’s just slaughtering animals for fun. Take our quiz to learn more about hunting trophies.
A trophy is a preserved body part of a hunted animal kept as a memorial of the successful hunt.
Mostly the heads or the skin of the slaughtered animals are used as trophies.
Hunting trophies are commonly used to glorify oneself in speech and for decoration or income.
A taxidermist is a person skilled in cleaning, dressing and mounting the hunting trophies for exhibition.
Wildlife populations underwent a gradual decline in the 1800s.
Modern hunters avoid killing females and target the largest, most mature male animals.
Trophy hunters go after particular game.
Sustainable trophy hunting is an important wildlife conservation and management tool.
The polar bear has been added to the list of threatened animals.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found it necessary to add polar bears to the endangered list in 2008.
America banned the hunting of polar bears in 1972.
Big game trophy animals in North America include Alaska brown bears, grizzly bears, moose, elk, caribou, cougars, deer and sheep.
The Big Five are the five most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa.
The big five refers to the African lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Taxidermy is the art of preserving dead animals for study and display.
Hunting the Kodiak bear can cost up to $20,000.
The Department of Natural Resources issues licenses and provides information about trophy hunting.
The use of toxic substances like arsenic was very common to preserve specimens.
It is breeding animals in enclosures for easy hunting.
According to researchers, repeated hunting over the years has reduced the population of Kodiak bears.