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A distinctive, high-shouldered antelope, with a long, broad muzzle and cow-like horns, the blue wildebeest is famous for forming vast migratory herds. The species gets its common name from the silvery-blue sheen to the coat, the base color of which varies from greyish to brown. The forequarters bear vertical black stripes - the ‘brindled’ coloration that gives the species one of its alternative names - and the front of the face, the long tail, and the mane are also black. The long beard may be black or white, depending on the subspecies. Both the male and female have horns, which curve downward laterally before pointing upward and inward, and in older animals may have a knobby base.
Premier- Entire mount is of the finest quality. The animal will have completion class taxidermy and also be a prime example of the species, with exceptional size, hair/hide quality, color, horn/antler size, etc. Habitat base, if applicable, will also be first class. For the collector who wants the best of the best.
Excellent- Life-like taxidermy mounts created by talented artisans with attention to details will earn this rating. Animal will be a good representation of the species with excellent size, hair/hide quality, horn size, etc. May have minor scars that add character.
Nice- Above average taxidermy on a nice representation of the species. Mount will look great to the general public, but a trained eye might find minor flaws in the “look”. Occasionally excellent older mounts will be ranked in this category.
Fair- Generally will be older mounts or where some aspects of the taxidermy are found to be below average. We don’t sell mounts of poor quality. Mount will be stable and still make a nice display piece.
Vintage- Older mounts, crafted with older taxidermy techniques. Mounts will have been cleaned and are in stable condition. Often used by decorators seeking the cabin theme.
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