So you’ve found a dead animal and want it preserved. Now what?

If you’ve just found a dead animal, you need to temporarily preserve it until it’s in my possession to stop it decomposing as soon as possible.

To do this, wrap the specimen in clingfilm before putting it in a grip seal bag, label it and stick it in the freezer (not the fridge!).

It’s very important when you find a deceased specimen, to make a note of where, when and how you found it. This is a legal requirement, even more so with CITES listed species such as birds of prey.

freezing animals for taxidermy 

For a more in depth guide to storing specimens, please visit the following link to a recent blog post that explains more about biohazard safety, the importance of note taking and storing specimens for long term to prevent freezer burn.

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