Owner and master taxidermist Tony Rathbone was born in Zambia and “brought up on stories of the great hunting days of the 1950′s, love of nature, wildlife and hunting was started in early childhood.” It all began as a hobby but 23 years ago he opened “Field and Stream Taxidermy”, Louis Trichardt – now one of the largest studios in Southern Africa, they employ 25 staff members. Tony reckon that there are many taxidermists but few wildlife artists out there, so careful consideration before handing over those trophies is of utmost importance.
Himself an avid hunter and having hunted in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Austria, Hungary, England and Australia, Tony fully understands how much clients treasure hunting trophies, and so this directly affects the quality and service at Field and Stream Taxidermy. We are a full-service wildlife taxidermy studio serving hunters, fishermen and collectors worldwide, and process in excess of 2250 trophies per annum, including shoulder mounts, full mounts, pedestals, horn mounts, tanned hides, birds and fish, and roughly 600 clients.
We do everything on site, we don’t contract out our crating, birds or fish. We sculpt and make our own forms and mannikins. We also make a number of curios on site as well
There are a number of factors that makes us stronger than our competitors: hard work, good and well trained staff, dedication to what we are doing and a responsible attitude towards our clients. Doing business “on the level” and being honest with clients without trying to rip off people goes a long way. These factors with good service, quality work, attention to detail, friendly service all combine to make clients want to come back to us. As we do our packaging we know exactly how the trophies are packed to ensure they don’t arrive damaged in any form. I personally check all mounts in their various stages, nothing is just left to my staff to complete.