A series of reconstructions based upon records and illustrations brought back by Erasmus P Jiggins, junior zoological officer on the 1863 voyage headed by Sir Bartholomew Scoffer to the remote island in the Pacific known by its indigenous population as Zuzu Batu.
You can peruse the Scoffer’s Island backstory here.
Miami taxidermist Enrique Gomez De Molina is apparently facing charges, potential jail time and up to $250,000 in fines because he lacked the proper permits to import the rare animal parts used to create these quasi-mythical stuffed hybrid abominations.
The interview above was filmed in happier, but no less crazy times last December.
Artist Peter Gronquist takes taxidermy to a whole new level at his exhibition at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, fitting stuffed buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, rabbits and other creatures with extremely ornate horns featuring replica rifles, machine guns and AK47s human skeletons, flowers and luxury brand logos.
The idea came to Gronquist when he had a taxidermied antelope in his studio. He told Wired.co.uk: “I started wondering what it might be like in a future where animals had evolved to fight back. I call it ‘absurdist futurism.’ The iconic logo-horned animals derive from my dreams about the future of branding, which I like to think will include genetic branding.”
The pieces are on sale for between $3000 and $10,000 but you can have one of those uni-conies for $500.