The civet is a small mammal found in Africa and Asia. They are native to these areas Civets have a cat-like appearance and the best known civet is the African Civet.

Their muzzle is rather pointed resembling that of a mongoose or an otter and the give off a musk scent that was used in popular perfumes, such as Chanel no. 5, up until 1998 when it was deemed cruel.

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• Some of the indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia, the Orang Asli, occasionally keep pet civets.
• It was a Civet that started the outbreak of SARS, in 2003.
• Kopi Luwak is a coffee made from the coffee cherries that have been eaten and digested by the civet.
•Civets are also called “toddycats” in English and “musang” in Malay.


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.


These cat-like creatures are native to Africa, Madagascar, Southern China and Southeast Asia. Civets often travel through urban areas with people often complaining about the civet noise from climbing on roofs of houses as well as the mess they make.Some species of civet are very rare and elusive and hardly anything is known about them. Preferred habitats include woodland, savanna, and, above all, Rainforests. Because of this, many are faced with severe loss of habitat

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Professional Civet taxidermy

The African Civet, Civettictis civetta, is a solitary mammal found throughout Africa and the northern regions of South Africa. Their musky-smelling oil, produced by perennial glands, was previously highly prized in the perfume trade.

Many perfume companies, however, have stopped using it in favour of synthetic alternatives. Yet, despite the availability of these synthetic substitutes for almost 70 years, their oils continue to be a valuable export.

The African civet is distinguished by its short, dense fur, which is greyish in colour and spotted with black in rows down its body. Insects, puff adders, and millipedes are just some of the poisonous foods they consume. Only civets, with their generalist digestive systems capable of processing the cyanide contained in millipedes. Civets are known to rummage through trash cans and appear to digest plastic bags and other trash with no negative effects.

Civets, along with other small animals like genets, have a cat-like demeanour and manner of movement, and they belong to the family Viverridae.


Hunting Civet

A large civet of any kind will make a fine trophy. It is very difficult to tell the difference between a male and female civet, therefore if you are hunting in a country where it is illegal to hunt any female animals, you may want to discuss this with your PH before you go out on your hunt.

Rarely found in groups larger than a mother and her young, the African civet prefers to spend its time alone. They lead a secluded existence; hence their presence is often missed unless the observer is on the lookout for civets. During the mating season or when a female is in oestrus, they may form temporary pairs, although these relationships rarely endure more than a few days.

Civets are best taken with a solid gunshot through the middle of the chest, if given the option. The best angle for a broadside shot is behind the shoulder. Civets have very thin skin, therefore expanding bullets could potentially ruin your trophy. The dense fur of an African civet, when properly tanned, makes for stunning complete mounts and/or rug mounts.


What is Civet taxidermy?

Taxidermy is the practise of conserving animal remains by mounting over an armature or stuffing them for later study or display. While realistic depictions of animals are the norm, they are not required. The term “taxidermy” can mean either the method of preserving an animal or the finished product, which are known as taxidermy mounts.

Planning is the key to completing a successful civet taxidermy project. We use only the best tanning chemicals and oiling methods to make sure the skins last for generations. Lifeform carefully chooses its forms and will custom made the manikins of the instructed posture for free if necessary. To guarantee that the trophy you receive is of the highest quality, we only utilise the finest available materials and draw on our 40 years of experience in the industry. When repairs are necessary, experts focus on patching up scrapes and abrasions as much as possible while minimising the effects of bullet holes. Any natural scars on the animal will remain unless specifically requested otherwise.


Skin preparation and storage tips for a flawless Civet trophy

Make sure the trophy is in good shape before you take it to the taxidermist.

The heat of the African sun will speed up the decomposition process, which will start as soon as your animal dies. There should be no delay in skinning the trophy. In the event that you wait till the following day, you risk losing a precious skin. Hairslip is most common in smaller antelope, canines, and felines if they are not skinned right after.

Discard the meaty flesh, fat, filth, and blood that is attached to the skin. Thoroughly wash the skin. After a quick air-drying period, the skin is salted. The skin should be soaked in a salt solution for at least five hours, preferably overnight. Only through systemic absorption by the skin can the salt’s effects be realised. Do not store unsalted capes in cool rooms or put salted capes in plastic bags.

The cape needs to dry overnight with hair and ears tucked inside. Insects can cause serious damage, so it’s important to use pesticides both on the skin and in storage areas.


The Civet taxidermy process and method

Life-Form Taxidermy will begin the process of manufacturing a custom manikin to fit the skin as soon as they obtain all of your mounting instructions. When choosing a taxidermy Civet mount, you should take into account a variety of factors, including the amount of wall space you have, the cash you have available, and your personal aesthetic tastes. During the process of creating a full mount, we have found that having an in-depth interaction with the customer results in the greatest possible solutions. This is because each sample is set up and formed in a different way.

To make sure the skins last for a long time, they are oiled and tanned with high-quality ingredients and methods.

A manikin is used to test the fit of each skin. Once the eyes and ears are in the right places, a specialist will stitch the skin closed. The taxidermist will not make any final alterations until the animal has completely dried. The customer will contact a shipping company, and we will load the trophies into crates. The shipping company will then transport the trophies to the customer.


Taking care of your Civet trophy

Showcase or preserve your trophies in a dry, temperature-controlled environment. UV rays from the sun can fade the colour of the mounts after a few years, so artificial lighting is recommended. To reduce the effects of high humidity, it’s preferable to keep windows and doors open. The same effect can be achieved with the help of ceiling fans.

At least once a year, you should give your trophies a little dusting with a soft brush or, better yet, give them a blast of compressed air to remove the dust and “ruffle up” the hair on the mounts.

The taxidermy procedure should have rendered the trophies insect-proof, but it is nevertheless recommended that the area around the trophies be treated with a common household aerosol surface pesticide at least once a year to deter fish moths, ants, cockroaches, and the like. The vapour from the spray won’t hurt the trophies in any way. Mount Medix Africa is a good option to use. This product is available at Life-Form Taxidermy.


Frequently asked questions


How much does a Civet 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 Civet 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.

Generally, the completion and packing timeframe combined, ranges from 8-12 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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