As international leaders in superior taxidermy, our team have produced over 150 000 exquisite trophies at the Life-Form studios. With an in-depth understanding of African game and their habitat, our expert craftsmen work with painstaking attention to detail, ensuring that your trophy will be recognised among the finest in the world.
The Blesbuck / Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi) is an antelope endemic to South Africa. Bles is the Afrikaans word forBlaze such as one would see on the forehead of a horse. The Blesbuck / Bontebok also has this characteristic.The Blesbuck / Bontebok is found in large herds in all National Parks around South Africa. Physically, Males and Females are very much alike; both have light brown coats with white markings on their foreheads. Both sexes have horns although female horns are slightly more slender.
• Their predators include Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Eagles and Pythons.
• They are seasonal breeders with a gestation period of 8 months.
• They are shy animals but very alert; they rely on speed to outrun their predators
• Females give birth to a single calf
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 30 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.
Blesbuck / Bontebok can be seen in open veld in various parks in South Africa. They are grazers, feeding mostly on grass but also the leaves of nearby trees. They prefer to be near watering holes and occupy relatively small territories.