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.
They are usually found in grasslands and bushed country throughout Southern Africa. They are grazers and enjoy eating short grasses and roots, foliage and stems.They are often seen in veld that has just suffered a fire, returning to find and eat the freshly grown green grass. They require salt in their diet and make use of natural salt licks.
Professional Oribi Taxidermy
The Oribi, Ourebia Ourebi, is a little antelope that is known for its graceful demeanour and long, slender body. It has oval shaped ears. The coat colour is reddish brown on top and white underneath. The Oribi has a dark tip to its tail.
Oribis possesses six sets of glands that they employ to indicate their territory and for various communication functions. These glands contain up to 75 chemical substances that may be specific to each individual. A male Oribi normally follows a single female while distributing his odours all throughout their territory. This functions as both territory protection as well as wooing conduct.
As the male is often around, the female quickly becomes accustomed to and even fond of his scent, which deters potential suitors from trying to win her over. Additionally, it inhibits the female from traveling too far from the male, and thus restricting the territorial range and need of the male’s protection.
Only the male rams have the distinctive short, straight horns that measure 80 to 180 mm and are ringed at the base. They have a slightly more elevated rear end.
The average adult ram is 14 kilograms in weight and 600 millimetres tall at the shoulder. Ewes are a little bigger than rams. When startled, Oribi perform a unique behaviour characterised by a vertical leap with their legs straight.
Oribi are found in the northern regions of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga, with a few surviving in the northeastern Free State and Swaziland. Scarce in the northeastern regions of Namibia and Botswana.
The Oribi is one of the ten most secretive species in the world, making Oribi hunting a niche activity. The trophy Oribi is one of the bigger members of the Tiny Ten.
Threatened with extinction, the unusual antelope and its environment have been protected in part due to the trophy value they hold in African hunting. Although they aren’t social by nature, Oribi will often live in groups of up to eight animals.
At the height of the day, they congregate in broad plains to sleep, making them tough to stalk. Oribi are most easily approached within 180 metres during the morning and afternoon when temperatures are lower. Most shots are taken from a great distance.
Always use the height of the animal’s ears as a reference point to determine if the horns are trophy-worthy.
Choose a caliber that can produce a bullet with a weight of at least 120 grains traveling at a muzzle speed of more than 780 metre per second.
You can’t go wrong with the 264 WinMag, 257 Roberts, 25-06 Remington, or any of the other 6.5mm options. The 7mm and.270 will also do the job. Due to the potential distance of your shots, a 6X scope or more is recommended.
What is Oribi Taxidermy?
Our oribi taxidermy trophy mounts, which are unrivalled in their authenticity, are a fitting memorial to the beauty of Africa’s wildlife. Having an innate understanding of the anatomy, behaviour, and nuances of African wildlife allows us to accurately replicate your most treasured memories.
Since its founding in 1981, Life-Form Taxidermy has comprised people who have a deep and abiding love for the natural world. Our White River, South Africa-based team, located near Kruger National Park, has raised the taxidermy standard as an art form and a scientific discipline over the past four decades. You can trust that your trophy is in good hands with Life-Form Taxidermy, as we have already produced over 150,000 trophies of the highest quality.
Skin Preparation for a Flawless Oribi Trophy
Under no circumstances is the animal to be dragged. Put a bold label on your trophy. Once the skin has been removed, any excess meat or fat can be cut away. You should wait 30 minutes before salting.
In order to get the best results, you should immerse the skin in salt water for at least five hours, preferably overnight. Salt the skin to a depth of two centimetres and let it dry in the shade. After leaving the salt on the cape for 24 hours, you can just shake it off and air dry it.
Make sure you use unfinished wood when constructing your drying racks. Do not employ creosote- or tar-treated wood under any circumstances. Because rust stains can be difficult, if not impossible, to remove, it is crucial that no nails or bolts come into contact with the skulls. Sunlight can dry the skull in good weather. Before folding up the skin, be sure to fold the hair and ears inside.
The Oribi Taxidermy Process and Methods
You can rely on Life-Form Taxidermy to reproduce the skin to your exact requirements. To achieve the intended outcomes, we engage in detailed consultation with the client.
To ensure optimal longevity, the skins are tanned and oiled using only the finest chemicals and procedures. Each skin’s fit is assessed using a manikin. Our forms have been carefully chosen to ensure a tight fit, and if necessary, we’ll even alter the posture for free. All of our full mount trophies come with complementary, eco-inspired bases.
Throughout the restoration process, the bullet holes and abrasions will be repaired if possible, and the damage will be mitigated. Unless otherwise noted, scars will remain in their original locations. After the eyes and ears have been properly positioned, a specialist stitches the skin. The taxidermist will not begin the final steps of the procedure until the animal is entirely dry.
Taking Care of Your Oribi Trophy
The animal skin will fade if exposed to direct sunlight. When exposed to any harsh light, the rack and hide of your trophy will degrade rapidly.
Mounts require minimal cleaning. Use a feather duster to eliminate dust, and then clean with a damp cloth along the direction of the fur. The hair should be styled without tugging or pulling it. Applying the treatment from Medix Africa will ensure that your trophy’s perfect beauty is maintained. This item is utilised by Life-Form Taxidermy, and we also sell it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much does an Oribi Trophy Cost?
The total cost will depend on the number of trophies ordered, the condition they are in, and any repairs. Ask us for a price estimate.
How Long does an Oribi Trophy Take?
The process can take anything from a few months to 18 months.