Taxidermy is an art of preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals especially vertebrates for display and other sources of study. Taxidermy can be done on all vertebrate species of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. It is a source of information and awareness raising about biodiversity and portraying the ecological role of different species. It helps in preparation of dead animals for education, scientific database maintenance and reference material in scientific studies. It is the base of Natural History Museum Development. Taxidermy is also a source of income for the trained persons as they can get jobs in Natural History Museums as curators, assistant curators or taxidermists. Taxidermists can also earn through practicing this art for making trophies for sport hunters.

Pakistan Wildlife Foundation jointly with Pakistan Wildlife Conservation Foundation is organizing a 2-day Hands-on-Training in Animal Preservation and Taxidermy Techniques from August 24 to 25, 2019 (Saturday-Sunday) in Islamabad.

Course Objectives: The objectives of this basic course are to educate and train the persons associated with and interested in natural history museums, animal preservation & stuffing and taxidermy techniques.

Course Duration: Two days; August 24 – 25, 2019 (Saturday – Sunday)

Course Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Venue: Gammon House, 400/2, Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Participants: Officials of natural history museums, zoological gardens, wildlife departments, conservation organizations, students, nature lovers, artists and sport hunters

No. of Participants: Maximum 25 participants will be enrolled on first come first serve basis

Instructor: Mr. S. H. H. Jaffery, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Islamabad
Technical Sessions: Mr. Jahangir Khan Jadoon, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Lahore
Taxidermy: Mr. Shahid Iqbal, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Lahore
Mr. Syed Shamim Faakhri, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Karachi
Mr. Zahid Hussain, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Faisalabad

Resource Persons: Prof. Dr. Maqsood Anwar, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Islamabad
Dr. Atif Yaqub, Department of Zoology, GC University, Lahore
Mr. Safwan Shahab Ahmed, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Islamabad
Dr. Waseem Ahmad Khan, Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Islamabad
Note:
Besides stuffing and taxidermy art, the participants will also have the opportunity to learn about wildlife of Pakistan and recent trends in wildlife conservation and management through lectures / presentations by resource persons. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact and discuss wildlife related issue with resource persons.

COURSE CONTENTS

• Definition, history, evolution and importance of animal preservation and taxidermy
• Materials and chemicals used in animal preservation and taxidermy
• Physiology and mode of action of different chemicals / preservatives used in Taxidermy
• Techniques of collection and preservation of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
• Importance of taxidermy and role of Natural History Museums in scientific studies
• Skinning techniques for birds and mammals
• Carcass casting (mold making) for birds and mammals
• Manikin preparation, preservation of skins, mounting and grooming
• How to prepare avian and mammalian study skins
• Tanning (leather making), life of mounted bird or mammal
• Demonstration of museum display techniques
• Fishes of Pakistan; diversity, distribution, status, threats and conservation measures
• Amphibians of Pakistan; diversity, distribution, status, threats and conservation measures
• Reptiles of Pakistan; diversity, distribution, status, threats and conservation measures
• Birds of Pakistan; diversity, distribution, status, threats and conservation measures
• Mammals of Pakistan; diversity, distribution, status, threats and conservation measures

REGISTRATION FEE For students: Rs. 7,500
For general public & professionals: Rs. 8,500

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

• Download the registration form from; www.wildlife.org.pk OR www.conservation.pk

Registration Form – Taxidermy Training

• Submit the duly filled registration form along with the registration fee deposit slip
• Completed forms can be submitted through email, WhatsApp or postal or courier service
• Fee can be submitted in the following account;
A/c Title: Waseem Ahmad Khan, A/c No. 0293007900134141, Faysal Bank Limited

Form Submission through postal or courier services
Mr. Umair Ahmad (Phone: 051-5477831, Cell: 0300-9103016)
Pakistan Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Gammon House, 400/2, Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi

Form Submission through Email / WhatsApp
Email: info@wildlife.org.pk, info@conservation.pk WhatsApp: 0300-9103016, 0333-5214333

Note:

• Working lunch and tea will be served to the participants by the organizers during the training
• Study material and a dissection / taxidermist’s kit will be provided to each participant
• One bird or small mammal will be provided to each participant for practice purposes
• Certificates will be awarded to successful participants
• No TA & DA will be paid to any participant
• No accommodation will be provided to the participants

Limited Seats are Available
Last date for Registration: August 15, 2019