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Wintershoek Safaris Annual PH Meeting

Wintershoek Safaris

We had our Annual PH meeting on Tuesday (February 28, 2017) at Linksfontein Lodge. Although meetings were the order of the day, we got the opportunity to catch up after not seeing each other for a while! It is always a great reunion when the whole team gets together! On Tuesday night we had an inside braai while the rain was pouring outside! We are all set to go for the rest of the year and all the hunting that awaits!

What you need to look for when selecting a Taxidermy Service

You’ve just had the most amazing African hunting experience and you have lots of stories to tell everyone at home about the hunt, the people and the wildlife of Africa.  Now all that is to remain, is evidence of this amazing safari.  Photographs can always be photo-shopped, but not trophies!  The issue as to where to take your trophies is a very important consideration.  Choosing the correct Taxidermy is very important because a bad decision or even a cheap option can ruin your trophy forever.

African San Taxidermy Studio is situated in the heart of South Africa’s Northern Cape. This is an ideal location, as it places the studio at the epicenter of a true hunting paradise. Clients’ preferences are extremely important and are valued by this studio. From looking at different photographs to looking at real examples of different mounts, they really try to get the mount as right as you want it to be.

Creativity comes naturally to the dedicated team of taxidermy professionals.  The taxidermist’s see each mount, not only as work to be finished but as an individual work of art.  Hunters and outfitters from across the African continent trust African San Taxidermy Studio to continually produce exceptional trophy mounts, full mounts, and all other taxidermy products. One of the reasons for this, is the appropriate systems and structures are in place to make sure that you get the highest standard trophy.  Clients receive their completed, professionally packed trophies in countries all over the world, including the USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Spain, Germany, and France. Their current turnaround time is approximately 6 months, after confirmation of order, until the day of delivery to your export company.  The African San staff is continually the exposal of the client to aid in this process and to make sure that you get your trophy on time and in good quality.

When choosing the right Taxidermy, be careful of super low prices. Good quality taxidermy work include good quality of materials to be used for tanning etc.  If you receive quotes that are outside the market price, it always raises the question whether your taxidermist used good quality materials.  You want your trophy to both look good and to last!  And with staff at the African San Taxidermy, that has more than 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that your trophies are in good hands.

As state veterinarian-approved high-risk taxidermy, African San Taxidermy Studio complies with the strictest standards set by authorities in South Africa and all other countries around the world. They can import from all African hunting destinations and export to any country in the world.

You can always trust African San Taxidermy Studio to make sure you’ll forever remember your wonderful African hunting experience.

De-horning of Rhinos in South Africa

Rhinos are facing an escalating poaching crisis at the moment and unless something dramatic is done to protect them they will go extinct in the wild. There is no one silver single bullet that helps rhino conservation, what is needed is a wide range of activities. One of these activities is the dehorning of rhinos.


Rhinos have no feeling in their horns, so when they get dehorned by a trained vet, they feel no pain what so ever. The horn gets sawn of about 2 inches from the skin. It is like cutting your nails. Unfortunately, when poachers (illegal hunters) dehorn Rhinos, they cut deep into the flesh of the rhino to get as much horn as possible. This is extremely painful for the animal if it is still alive. In most cases, the rhino is not shot dead but only wounded. They suffer immense pain. You can imagine what it should feel like if someone cuts into your face with a chain saw… A dehorned Rhino has a much better chance at survival and the horn grows back within three years.

The video

Two Rhinos were poached in the area which forced a neighboring farm to dehorn all their rhinos. A team of about 20 people dehorned 4 Rhino cows. A representative of Nature Conservation must be present at all times to ensure that all permits are in place. It takes about 7 minutes for a Rhino to go down after it has been darted and about 15 minutes to dehorn it. At the same time Vets injects them with vitamins. Blood samples are also taken for tests and the condition of each rhino is investigated. A Microchip is then placed in the remaining part of the horn.

When this baby rhino’s mother went down after being darted, it immediately climbed on top of its mother, as if it wanted to protect her. The team had their work cut out to get it away from its mother so that they could start working on her. The calf never moved more than 20 meters away and kept making calling sounds towards its mother. It can be compared to the sounds dolphins make. It is a very unique sound. The calf was very restless throughout the 15 minutes that mum was down. It also charged the team a couple of times. It was however not long before mum was back on her feet and rejoined her calf as they walked back into the bush.

Rhino poaching is a huge problem in South Africa. Farmers are literarily spending millions of rand for security and protection of the remaining Rhinos. At the moment they are losing the war, but they will continue to fight against Rhino Poaching.

Bow-hunting with a bushman field guide in South Africa

Bushman field-craft is important to consider when planning a Bow-hunting Safari. The Northern Cape Province is ideal for Bow Hunting because of the type of vegetation also called Kalahari Bushveld from where our name also originated. Classic Bow Hunting Safaris into Africa have become increasingly popular amongst discerning archers with a variety of species on offer.