The Desert Rose Taxidermy was established in 2008. We are a small and independent operation that has been cleaning and preparing specimens for universities, museums, veterinarians, collectors, artists, and folks around the world for over a decade. Check out our bustling Etsy Shop! Today, the Desert Rose Taxidermy is nestled in the mountains of NW Montana, where we are transforming our function and purpose:

Sustainable Sourcing | Sustainable Living

Our work exercises a unique form of 'recycling' by cleaning bones, skulls, and other pieces that are typically just thrown away. We do hunt and raise livestock for food, though most of our wildlife specimens are salvaged as waste from the hunting and trapping trades. We breathe beauty and functionality back into this 'waste' and create an opportunity for folks to utilize and honor these natural pieces, whilst working in harmony with nature.

We use a combination of dermestid beetles and maceration to clean bones, which gently cleans and takes nothing away from the natural luster of bone. These methods create organic, nutrient-rich by-products that are returned to the soil. We never bleach or boil any bones! Dried specimens are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods. We are currently working on new creative ways of cleaning bones organically that still deliver superior, professionally cleaned bones!

We've been on a years-long journey towards sustainability. In terms of bone cleaning, this means our methods create no waste, use no chemicals, and consume no energy, and produce usable, healthy by-products. While there is still much to be done, we are working towards a holistic, self-supported and self-sustained farm, business, and way of life. When you make purchases from the Desert Rose Taxidermy you are directly supporting our work, as well as helping to support our farm.

Our farm rests high on a pristine mountain top, with virtually untouched wilderness sprawling in all directions. We are completely off-grid and working to produce everything we need, right here in the soil and trees. There are many who share our values and goals, and we are happy to share knowledge and support others wherever possible. Being able to provide a bounty of quality natural products, goods, livestock, and plantstock is a wonderful way to help others while helping the farm stay on its feet!

We're just getting started! Currently we are raising a variety of functional and beautiful poultry, heritage turkeys, meat rabbits, Pigs, packing and milking goats, doves, quail, and more! 2018 has been a year of transitions, and as our breeding stock settles in more livestock and products will become available- this includes bones, skulls, and other taxidermy work! Please stay tuned through 2018 and 2019 for exciting new developements!

Our farm has no posted business hours and does not have a shop front open to the public. We will always strive to communicate quickly and clearly, answer your questions, or work out any issues that may arise. Please be patient while waiting for a response, we'll get back to you as soon as we can! Life can be very busy on the farm!
Email us at: contact@desertrosetaxidermy.com

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