Cody Wyoming: Spectacular Taxidermy Warthogs, Musk Ox and Stranger Than Life Creatures (audio included)


One particular taxidermy shop in Cody Wyoming believes in resourcefulness and therefore doesn’t like to waste ‘animals.’ Therefore they take parts of multiple animals and combine them! Read below to learn from this fascinating article.

CODY, Wyo. – At Nature’s Design Taxidermy in Cody, Ray Hatfield has dozens of unique animals on display. Mixed in with the grizzly bears and elk that would be expected in a Wyoming taxidermy shop are warthogs, musk ox, lions and other exotic species.

But Hatfield has other creatures on display at his showroom that nature didn’t design. Like this Scorpiobeast, made from parts of a black wildebeest with ostrich legs and mountain goat horns, and some epoxy sculpting to complete the look.

“If the mounts are falling apart, we try to use them up instead of throwing them away,“ said Hatfield.

Hatfield said he started making the crazy creatures about 5 years ago out of pieces left behind. So far he’s created a Minotaur and an Elkosaurus, all of which he’s already sold. 

“We had the Elkosaurus, which isn’t here anymore, up at the Montana fair,” he said, “and it got thousands of pictures up there.”

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