The growing popularity of taxidermy


POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 3:06pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:30am

Javier Jerez and Eddie Ruiz are not your typical business owners, they work in taxidermy, a skill they have developed to like for more than 20-years.

Javier Jerez owner of Jerez Taxidermy Studio in Edinburg says, " When i was really young i wanted to mount my own stuff, but of course when you were a child you really didn't have the money to do it, so that is what really got me into it. "

From elks, sheep, fish and all different mount, they have done much of it. For the two their work requests continue to grow.

Eddie Ruiz is owner of Texas Whitetail Taxidermy. Ruiz says, "I had a customer who called and said his son's guinea pig had passed away and had preserved it and they are actually going to pick that up this week."

This art is quite the process and takes a lot of detail, from the beginning to the end. However, the end results are unique and well made pieces of art.

Jerez and Ruiz will be opening a school named the South Texas School of Taxidermy, which will allow students to take both two and six week courses within the practice of taxidermy.

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