For some people, taxidermists are artists reflecting the beauty of the beast. Others, however, find them heartless torturers. So what are they?
Let's visit a taxidermy shop to find out more about this unusual and rare job.
Taxidermy is a science that demands good skills and knowledge in anatomy, chemistry and physiology. Naturally, a taxidermist should also be an artist, talented and creative.
Stuffed animals made by taxidermists make perfect museum exhibits allowing visitors to examine wild animals the way they'll never do either in a zoo or in wild nature.
This is an experienced taxidermist and owner of an art studio KazWolf.
He says that they mostly receive orders for making stuffed wolves but right now, he's working on a stuffed horse.
To make a stuffed animal, they have to first of all examine it and its body build.
This horse will become an exhibit in a museum in Karaganda.
Today, it's not enough to just stuff the animal's skin with shavings, like they did before. To make the stuffed animal lasting, they have to make a polyurethane foam sculpture first.