Baboons are African and Arabian Old world monkeys belonging to the genus Papio, part of the subfamily Cercopithecinae .They range in size and weight depending on species.All baboons have long muzzles, incredibly strong jaws with sharp canine teeth and thick fur with rough spots on their pronounced buttocks. These are called Ischial Callosities. They are hairless and nerveless parts of skin that are designed for the sitting comfort of the Baboons.

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• Baboons are only found in Africa.
• Grass makes up 90% of their diet during dry seasons.
• Baboons living on the coast hunt for marine life such as crabs.
•Baboon offspring stay with their mothers for up to 18 months


Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 40 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.


Baboons are very adaptable and are found in various habitats. If there is water available and a safe sleeping place, such as tall trees, the baboon will find the habitat fit to reside in. Baboons sleep, travel and feed together as they are very social animals. They feed usually on grass, berries and small insects but also occasionally eat small animals such as vervet monkeys, hares or birds.

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Professional Baboon Taxidermy in South Africa

The Baboon (Papio) is a large primate with a canine-like resemblance including long canine teeth. Baboons are omnivores that consume anything from lizards to bird eggs. They are notorious predators, primarily taking the lives of new-born antelope and Leopard cubs. Southern Africa is home to two of Africa’s six Baboon species, the Yellow and Chacma baboons.

For the most part, Baboons live in groups called troops. They will clean each other’s coats from dirt, mites, lice, and ticks. The male Baboon is the alpha and will fight to protect his position.

They are nimble climbers who can escape danger by scurrying up trees. Baboons, like all other primates, are omnivores that will eat just about anything. Young antelope that are still nursing have been reported as prey for Chacma baboons. This is done so that the milk from the animal’s tummy can be consumed.

They eat practically anything, from fruit to grasshoppers to grain to eggs to lizards to scorpions. They will eat anything considered to be alive.

Along the Drakensberg you can find Baboons in the forests, semi-deserts, and sub-alpine meadows. Most of their time is devoted to activities on the floor. They only venture into trees when they need to escape and hide from larger predators, find food, or sleep for the night. They could also spend the night atop massive rock formations. Their calls are considered dramatic and are loud enough to be heard for miles.


Hunting Baboon

Despite being one of the most challenging animals to hunt, Baboon hunting in South Africa is highly rewarding. A sentry who never rests, always stands watch over the troop. When the sentry sounds the alarm, all the Baboons flee to safety. Their vision is so sharp that they detect even the slightest change in scenery or an out-of-place object with ease. Hunting Baboons requires extreme patience and precision shooting. Baboons are naturally inquisitive and refuse to miss a good chance. They are stalked or baited. If they grow too agitated, a brief whistle can distract them for a moment to allow a quick-witted shot.

To evaluate a trophy Baboon, it is best to see it in a group with females. Males are typically much larger than females and sport a silvery mane. They are easily recognised by their dominant behaviour over the other males in the family. Baboons can be hunted opportunistically throughout the day. If you’re going Baboon hunting, you should use a small or medium bore rifle that you can fire accurately. When shooting at a Baboon from a quartering position, aim for the inside of the closest shoulder.


What is Baboon taxidermy?

The secret to a successful taxidermy is meticulous planning. The finest chemicals and techniques available worldwide are used to tan and oil the hides, guaranteeing their durability and lifespan for generations to come. At Lifeform we choose and sculpt our forms carefully to guarantee a comfortable fit, and we’ll even adjust the posture to your liking at no extra charge. Full mount trophies come with free, standard natural habitat bases. We use only the highest quality materials (mostly natural) and our 40 years of experience in the industry enables us to give renewed meaning to your trophies. The completed trophies are lifelike in appearance. When restoration is necessary, every attempt is made to fix cuts and abrasions while minimising bullet damage. The animal’s natural scars will remain unless otherwise instructed.


Skin preparation and storage tips for a flawless Baboon trophy.

Before the taxidermist sees your trophy, your Safari Outfitter will take care of your trophy, in the field.

The decay process starts as soon as your animal dies, and it speeds up in Africa’s heat. The hunter must not drag the body from the spot where it was shot to the waiting hunting truck.

To avoid any complications, skinning needs to begin immediately. Clean the skin thoroughly of any remaining meat, fat, dirt, or blood. Before peeling off the skin, every last bit of flesh must be removed. Wash the skin thoroughly. The skin is then salted after a brief period of drip drying.

The sooner the animal is skinned, the less likely it is to experience bacterial activity and hair slip because of the process. It’s crucial to make sure the skin is completely devoid of any trace of flesh, cartilage, muscle, and fat.

After skinning the animal, immediately wash the skin well to remove any trace of blood. It is recommended to use an anti-bacterial solution like F10(cl) for this.

When the skin has been drip-dried for a few minutes, it is ready to be salted. Use a lot of salt and really work it into all the creases and folds, of the skin. Hang the skin up to dry after three to four days.


The Baboon taxidermy process and method

Choosing a Baboon taxidermy mount depends on factors such as budget, available wall space, and individual preference. In the case of creating a full mount, Life-Form Taxidermy prefers extensive communication with the client because each mount is given a unique form and arrangement.

As soon as Life-Form Taxidermy receives your complete mounting instructions, they will create an exact replica. All of the skins are tanned and oiled with high-quality products and processes to guarantee that they will last for years to come. Tanning converts the skin from a protein-rich state to a protein-poor one. A clean trophy can be achieved by taking measures to prevent the growth of bacteria, by using a sharp razor, and by limiting the exposure to moisture.

Each skin is tried on a manikin to ensure a snug fit. After the eyes and facial details are appropriately positioned, the skin is professionally sewn. The taxidermist waits until the skin/hide is dry before making final changes. They pack the trophies into approved plywood crates, and the nominated freight agent co-ordinates the shipping thereof.


Taking care of your Baboon trophy

Insect damage has occurred in the finest trophy rooms and museums. Small demisted/carpet beetles or moths are to blame for this. Make sure no pests are lurking in the trophy rooms by using a bug room fogger. All mounts and rugs should be moth proofed once a year. Basically, any spray designed to repel moths from clothing will do. Mist the mount thoroughly and work it into the hair with a brush. A hair dryer can be used to restore fluffiness to the fur of an animal. If a mount has been eaten by bugs, take it outdoors, spray it down with bug spray, and store it in a plastic bag for the night.

Your mounts will continue to look great with just a simple dusting once or twice a week. A feather duster and a damp cloth wiped in the direction of the hair can get rid of any lingering dust. We recommend using Mount Medix Africa (obtained from Life-Form Taxidermy – a trusted product).

Taxidermy should be stored in a dry, cool place that is away from any heat sources like fireplaces or heaters and direct sunlight (exposure to natural elements). Moist places are breeding grounds for mildew and mould. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can be harmful to your trophies. Avoid storage areas, such as attics or basements.



Frequently asked questions


How much does a baboon trophy cost?

The pricing of any trophy is subject to the costing stipulated per taxidermy order, quantity of trophies and preferred mounting options, along with additional requirements. Should you wish to receive a quotation prior to the hunt, the taxidermist can generate such for you.


How long does a baboon trophy take?

The time it takes a taxidermist to mount an animal might range from days to weeks, and possibly several months, depending on the quantity of trophies per taxidermy order, the display preferences, and volumes of client trophies to be produced, simultaneously, per production schedule.

The completion and packing timeframe combined, ranges from 10-12 months. This depends largely on the “what, how, when” factors. A taxidermy order also only becomes available for production scheduling upon receipt of the required deposit and trophy mounting instructions.

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