Professional Fox Taxidermy in South Africa
There are several fox species which are endemic to Southern Africa. South Africa is home to only one real fox species, the Cape Fox. In addition, at only 8-11 pounds, it is the lightest canid on the planet.
Their dazzling fur is either black or silvery grey on the outside, with a bright yellow underside. Its tail always has a black tip. Typically found in grasslands and thickets, the cape fox is a nocturnal creature.
They eat anything from fruit to carrion to fruit to rabbits to fruit to fruit. The cape fox employs a unique method of self-defence. In times of danger, it will first bark loudly before growing increasingly aggressive. If the prey is still uninterested, the fox will spit at it. While most fox species have a limited breeding season, the cape fox has a carries year round.
Hunting the Cape Fox
Cape Foxes are sporadically distributed in the country’s middle and south. The provinces of the Free State, North West, Eastern, and Northern Capes, as well as the western parts of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, are the most popular hunting grounds for these animals.
Cape foxes are mostly solitary creatures but can be seen in pairs during breeding season. They are spotlighted at night and do answer to a predator caller, therefore they are commonly targeted in this manner.
The best times to spot a Cape Fox are late at night and early in the morning. They are sought after as trophies or because they are considered “specialty species.” This species has been given the “least concern” status by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. To hunt a Cape Fox in South Africa, you’ll need a Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) hunting licence.
What is Cape Fox Taxidermy?
Money, accessible wall space, and personal preference are all factors to think about when selecting a taxidermy mount for a Cape Fox. Life-Form Taxidermy offers fox taxidermy and values in-depth conversation with each client to create a custom mount that perfectly suits their needs.
Accurate planning is the backbone of any good taxidermy piece. The skins are tanned and oiled using the best chemicals and techniques money can buy, guaranteeing their durability and lifespan for generations to come.
At Lifeform, we pick and shape our forms with care to ensure a snug fit, and we’ll even adjust the posture until you’re happy with it—at no extra cost.
Standard natural habitat bases are included with full mount trophies. We use only the highest-quality materials (mostly natural) and our 40 years of industry experience to offer your trophies a second chance at glory.
Once complete, the trophies seem very lifelike. When restoration is necessary, every attempt is made to fix nicks and scrapes while minimising bullet holes. Natural scars will remain unless otherwise instructed.
Skin preparation for a flawless Cape Fox trophy
Two of a prize cape’s biggest foes are hair loss and skin degeneration. Apply salt to the skin right after killing the animal to keep the hair from sliding off. it from the sunlight as soon as you can. As soon as the intestines are removed, the carcass will start cooling.
Wash the wound right away to stop any more bleeding that may have occurred from the bullet. Avoid bringing the animal down to the floor at any cost. Mark your trophy with care. Because the hair will be suspended in midair, it will not dangle in the blood if the carcass is hung.
Don’t expect the skinners to make any special arrangements until you tell them what kind of mount you’re looking for. If you really can’t make up your mind, it’s best to get ready for full mount.
A taxidermist can remove excess skin, but they can’t add any more. Any excess meat or fat should be trimmed after the skin has been removed. Wait 30 minutes after skinning the animal before salting it.
Allow the skin to sit in a salt solution for at least five hours and preferably overnight. Keep the skin in two centimetres of salt in a cool, shady spot. After 24 hours, shake the salt off the cape and let it dry on a hook. Insects can cause damage to the skin and the storage space, thus pesticides are recommended.
The Cape Fox Taxidermy process and methods
With your input, Life-Form Taxidermy can create a skin duplicate that looks and feels just like the genuine thing. As such, we invest considerable effort in the consultation phase to ensure that we completely understand the client’s goals.
The skins are tanned and treated using only the finest chemicals and processes to ensure they will last for years. A manikin is used to test the fit of each skin.
The skin is stitched by a trained specialist once the correct positioning of the eyes and ears has been confirmed. The taxidermist won’t do the final touches on the prize until it’s completely dried. The customer’s trophy shipment is handled by the shipping company they contracted.
Taking care of your Cape Fox Trophy
You should keep your mount out of damp places like basements. When a mount becomes saturated with water, mould and other unwelcome growths are encouraged to flourish.
Mounts can be kept in pristine shape with regular, light dusting. The first step is to use a feather duster to remove the dust, and the second is to use a damp cloth to wipe off the region in the same direction as the hair’s development.
Work with the hair rather than trying to change it into an unnatural form. In order to protect your financial investment, you can rely on the Medix Africa product. This product is used and sold by Life-Form Taxidermy.
If at all possible, mounts should be shaded from the sun. Trophies suffer from the unpleasant and awful fading impact caused by the sun’s UV rays.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Cape Fox trophy cost?
The final price will be determined based on the condition of each trophy, any necessary repairs, as well as the number of trophies that are ordered. Please contact us for a quote.
How long does a Cape Fox trophy take?
A Cape Fox taxidermy mount at Life-Form takes an average of eight to twelve months to complete.