"Taxidermy" (from the Greek for arrangement of skin) is the art and craft of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals (especially vertebrates) for display (e.g. as hunting trophies or museum dioramas) or for other sources of study.
Taxidermy can be done on all vertebrate species of animals, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. A craftsperson who practices taxidermy is called a taxidermist.
Taxidermists may practice professionally for museums or as businesses catering to hunters and fishermen, or as amateurs, such as hobbyists, hunters, and fishermen.
To practice taxidermy, one must be very familiar with anatomy, sculpture, and painting, as well as tanning.