The Ultimate Taxidermy Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Taxidermy is the art of preserving and presenting dead animals for scientific study and display. The process involves removing the skin from the specimen and placing it onto a life-sized mold of the animal. Take this quiz to learn more about taxidermy.

The art of preserving the skins of vertebrates for study and display is called:

Taxidermy is the art of preserving the skins of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.


The term taxidermy is derived from:

The term is derived from two Greek words: taxis, meaning arrangement, and derma, meaning skin.


What tasks do museum taxidermists perform?

Museum taxidermists preserve and prepare replicas of animals and also make artificial plants, rocks and soil.


Which subject expertise is not required for taxidermists?

Professionals that specialize in taxidermy must have a thorough knowledge of drawing, painting, zoology, botany and sculpture.


Which chemical process is used to preserve animal skins?

Tanning is often used to preserve animal skins.


Which method is mostly used to make the specimens of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish)?

Specimens of vertebrates are mostly made using the freeze-dry method.


Which is the oldest mounted animal in existence?

The rhinoceros is the oldest mounted specimen in existence.


Where was the oldest rhinoceros mounted?

The oldest rhino was mounted in the Royal Museum of Vertebrates in Florence, Italy, at about 1600.


Who developed the hollow-model method?

Carl E. Akeley devised a standard method of mounting called hollow-model method in the early 20th century.


Who developed the freeze-dry method?

Roland Howser devised the freeze-dry method in the 1950s.


When was solid foam model method developed?

Ambrose Daigre devised the solid foam model method in the 1960s.


How much money do American taxidermists make in a year?

American taxidermists rake in about $600 million a year.


Where was taxidermy born?

It was begun in England.


Where did Charles Darwin preserve most of his findings?

Charles Darwin was an early taxidermist who sought to preserve his findings at the Galapagos Islands.


How much money do you have to pay for a taxidermy permit in Oregon?

The State of Oregon charges $6.50 to issue a permit to practice taxidermy and the permit must be renewed each year.


Which of the following animal is toughest to mount?

According to taxidermists, fish are the toughest animals to mount, because they have to be completely recreated with paint over the entire body of the fish.


How to taxidermists prevent fish shrinkage?

When borax is spread over the skin of a fish, it allows the fish to dry slowly and hence prevents shrinkage.


Which is the most modern method of creating molds?

Wire frames and paper mache have been replaced by polyurethane foam.


Why is rogue taxidermy also called "carcass art"?

Rogue taxidermy is also called "carcass art" because it utilizes all kinds of animals to create new "species" -- like a fish with a monkey's head or a goat with turkey's wings.


Which of the following famed British explorers was also an early taxidermist?

Renowned British explorer James Cook was also an early taxidermist who discovered new species during his travels.


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