Genets (Genetta) are Old World Mammals from the order Carnivora. They are related to Civets, Mongooses and Fossa. Genets are related to Cats but more closely related to Mongooses.They are very active creatures, males being seen as more active than females. They are nocturnal and quite solitary, their highest levels of activity being seen right after sunset.

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• Genets have extremely long tails.
• Both male and females genets exhibit scent marking.
• They can move their eyeballs inside of their eye socket.
• Genets cannot be vaccinated


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.


All genets, except for the common genet, live in Africa. Most species prefer woodlands, savannahs and forests. They also prefer dense vegetation such as thickets, thick forests and bushes. They are omnivorous but strongly prefer meat. They feed on a wide range of matter, small animals such as insects and birds, and berries and bird eggs or other plants. If there is poultry nearby, they will attack and feed on that. They are and can be kept as exotic pets even though it is considered quite rare and cruel.

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Professional Genet Taxidermy in South Africa

The Genet (Genetta genetta) is a tall, slender carnivore that looks like a cross between a cat and a serval. There are 14 distinct species, each with its own unique look and preferred environment. The small-spotted Genet, native to drier climates, is easily distinguished by its distinctive dorsal crest, which extends from the shoulders to the base of the tail. The dots on its body are oblong and circular. The forest Genet is distinguished by its long, irregularly spaced dots and the absence of a dorsal crest. The large-spotted Genet, the most widely spread of the three species, is distinguished from the smaller-spotted Genet by a smaller dorsal crest.

Claws that may be retracted for easier climbing and prey capture are a feature shared by all species. Some species have adapted to human-cultivated habitats and growing settlements, leading to people treating them as pests, because they have acquired a liking for poultry. Sometimes hides and tails are used to make traditional tribal clothing.


Hunting Genet

Bushes, thickets, and woodlands are some of their preferred habitats. Genets are naturally solitary creatures that will establish and defend their own area. They prefer the nighttime, peaking in activity around sunrise and dusk.

Despite their curious nature, Genets are extremely wary of their surroundings and can be quickly frightened. A Genet’s entire body can fit through a hole that’s just big enough for its head. Genets bite when they feel threatened or cornered, however they usually only do it as a warning rather than an all-out attack.

Genet hunting in Africa is a spot-and-stalk affair. Nighttime flashlight hunting is the most effective method, and they are best pursued as animals of opportunity.  Hunting Genet in South Africa does not necessitate a rifle with a big calibre because the animals are small. Your best bet for a hunting weapon is a compact centerfire firearm that is permitted in the country. It’s recommended that you go with any .22 rifle with a solid bullet, or a.223 with a Barnes 55 grain Triple Shock bullet.  Focus your sights on the genet’s heart.


What is Genet Taxidermy?

Taxidermy is the art and science of preserving animal remains by mounting them over a framework or filling them for use in museum exhibits or for study in the lab. Although it is expected that animals be portrayed realistically, this is by no means a requirement. Both the practise of preserving animals and the resulting taxidermy mounts are known simply by the term “taxidermy.”

The secret to performing a genet taxidermy job successfully is careful planning. We take great care in tanning and oiling the skins so that they will survive for generations to come. Lifeform selects its forms with care and, at no additional cost to you, will create manikins in the specified posture. Using only the best available materials and drawing on over 40 years of industry knowledge, we can guarantee the quality of your trophy. When doing repairs, our professional teams give priority to mending minor tears and scuffs while reducing the visibility of any bullet holes. Unless otherwise specified, the animal’s natural scars will be left in place.


Skin Preparations and Storage Tips for a Flawless Genet Trophy

After successfully hunting a Genet, it is essential to correctly prepare the skin for taxidermy to create a lifelike final mount.

Remove all meat and fat from the Genet’s skin as soon as possible after the hunt. In most cases, only a taxidermist or someone with extensive experience skinning animals should attempt this.

Preserve the hide by salting it. Any remaining moisture or germs that could cause the hide to rot will be absorbed by the salt.

With the hair and ears tucked inside, let the skin dry overnight. Damage from insects can be substantial; therefore, it is vital to use pesticides both on the skin and inside storage spaces.


The genet Taxidermy Process and Method

When we get all of your mounting specifications, we will begin making a custom manikin to fit the skin. Factors such as limited wall space, budget, and personal preference should all be taken into account while selecting a taxidermy Genet mount. At Lifeform, we have learned that the best solutions come about through in-depth communication with the client before we start the process.  This is because there is no standard technique to prepare or shape a sample.

To further protect the hide and make it more malleable for the mounting procedure, we treat it with a specific tanning solution. After the hide has been prepared for taxidermy, it is kept in a cool, dry place until the time comes to start the process. We stretch the treated hide over a taxidermy form and pin it in place. This will stop the hide from shrinking as it dries and keep it in good condition.


Taking Care of your Genet Trophy

A dry, temperature-controlled space is ideal for displaying or preserving your trophies. After a few years of exposure to sunlight, the mounts’ colours may fade, so artificial illumination is recommended to preserve their original appearance. Keeping windows and doors open is recommended in order to lessen the impacts of high humidity. This can also be accomplished with the help of ceiling fans.

It is recommended that you dust your trophies once a year with a soft brush or, better yet, blow them with compressed air to eliminate dust and fluff up the hair on the mounts.

Despite the fact that the taxidermy process should have rendered the trophies insect-proof, it is nonetheless advised that the area around the trophies be sprayed with a standard household aerosol surface pesticide at least once a year to discourage fish moths, ants, cockroaches, and the like. The spray’s vapours won’t damage the treasured trophies. Medix Africa is a smart choice and available from Life-Form Taxidermy.


How Much Does a Genet Trophy Cost?

Any trophy’s price is contingent on the per-taxidermy-order pricing, amount of trophies, preferred mounting options, and any further needs. If you desire an estimate ahead to the hunt, the taxidermist can provide you with one.


How Long Does a Genet Trophy Take?

Depending on the number of trophies per taxidermy order, the display preferences, and the volume of client trophies to be manufactured simultaneously, per production plan, the time it takes a taxidermist to mount an animal can range from a few days to several weeks or even months.

In general, the finishing and packing period is between eight and 12 months. This mostly depends on the “what, how, and when” variables. A taxidermy order is likewise not accessible for production scheduling until the required deposit and trophy mounting instructions have been received.

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