African Lion...
I was very fortunate to acquire this great animal for my personal collection and thought I`d share the process with the folks who visit my website.   While the cat was at the tannery(Arlington Cape) I put alot of effort into educating myself about mounting the African Lion.  I purchased John Belluccii`s book "The Art of The Big Cat" and read it several times over a 3 month period. I  studied every picture in the book and watched everything I could on the discovery channel about lions.  Thanks for viewing---Enjoy..
Unfortunately I didn`t take any pictures of the skinning process so I`ll start here with the skin preparations once the pelt  has returned from the tannery...One of the most crucial steps in Taxidermy is to thin all the areas of detail around the eyes, nose, lips,whiskers,toes, ect.  This is a very tedious task but is an essential step to achieve a good quality mount. I spent about 6 hours prepping this skin...I also "resized" the skin at this point (width wise) so the skin would be more workable when it came time to place it on the manikin...
And the work begins...
Now the fun starts...Just putting this bad boy together was a challenge in itself. After about a 2 hour wrestling match I finally got him re-assembled...
At this point I had to start putting in all the details such as the muscle  tones, and bone structure...This was a 2 day process---alot of work but hopefully it will be  rewarding in the long run. One thing I`ve learned in taxidermy is to be persistent and patient...If it wasn`t for great refrence material at this point I would have been lost.. I`d say at least one to 2 hours of each day was spent reviewing refrence photos before carving the manikin.