Where do you get your furs?
I source my furs from all over the world! Canada, USA & Australia are where a lot of my items are sourced
from however I have sourced items from Poland, Russia & lots of other places!
Are your furs ethically sourced?
We are firmly against any sort of cruelty to animals or trade in illegal animals. We strictly adhere to the CITES laws and other relevant fur laws. Fur is an eco-friendly product that is 100% renewable, biodegradable and recyclable. A lot of furs are obtained as the by product of feral pest control both in Australia and overseas. These skins are harvested from feral animals that destroy livestock or kill native species.
Do you offer layby or payment plans?
YES!!!!!!! At fox hollow we are pleased to announce that we now accept payment plans. Payment plans have no fixed terms or instalment amount. It can be $50 a week or month and there is no minimum term as long as communication is kept open. All instalments on payment plans are non refundable or transferable once entered into. Please contact us for more information on our payment plans.
We also are very pleased to announce that Fox Hollow also offers Zippay & Afterpay!
How much is shipping?
All orders over $75 receive FREE SHIPPING! All orders under $75 are a flat rate of $12 for a satchel ONLY postage. Express postage and postage in a postage box are also available options upon checkout however these are varying prices. All postage unless otherwise stated is sent in wrapping and a satchel. We try our best however we cannot be held responsible for any damages caused via the postage. We highly recommend the postage box option for any fragile items. Insurance can also be purchases through Australia post up to $5000 if you would like this option please contact me for a quote prior to placing an order. Fox HollowTaxidermy is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged goods. No refunds, credits or exchange will be given once the postage has left. For international shipping please contact me as it varies dependant on location.
Why are some furs so expensive?
Some animals like wolves, bears, bobcat, lynx, otter etc are listed on the CITES. The CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
If you would like to learn more about the CITES please follow this link: https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.php
This means that EVERY CITES animal that comes into Australia has to have a lot of documentations and permits proving that it was harvested in accordance with the CITES laws. Due to the laws and the way they are brought into the country the importer is also chargers MANY other fees like GST, quarantine inspection fees, broker fees, and many more. On top of all these fees & paperwork it takes anywhere from 8-12 month to organise all the paperwork and permits to import. This means that ALL of these fees are on top of what the furs cost in the first place. Also the majority of these imported fur come from either USA or Canada which also means that the currency exchange rate is also a factor when determining what they cost to import and as the exchange rate is constantly changing so too is the price of the furs.
If you ever see a fur for sale in Australia that is on the CITES but does not come with paperwork it is possible that it has been imported illegally and if you were to be caught with illegally imported goods you could face fines and possible imprisonment. So please make sure you ask for a copy of the CITES paperwork when you buy anything listed on the CITES appendix.
You can rest easy if you buy a CITES item from Fox Hollow Taxidermy as we strictly follow the laws and the prices listed INCLUDE ALL of the paperwork legally required to own these beautiful items
What is a "soft mount"?
Traditional taxidermy is applying a fur skin over a rigid form to create a realistic looking statue. These are set in one pose, rigid and although you would be able to pick them up and move them (depending on size of the animal) basically non-mobile. A soft mount is a soft fur skin with only the head mounted over a rigid form. This leaves the body to be filled with plush filling, sometimes wire or other armatures can be inserted to give the animal a more realistic, natural look however this is usually also covered with some form of filling or wadding. Due to this method it means the animal is able to carried easier, cuddled and squeezed and can be posed into many different poses. The Soft mounting process can basically be applied to any animal however animals like cow, deer, horses etc with long skinny legs tend to look a tad odd as soft mounts but it is still possible. Soft mounting has become a popular way for people to preserve their pets as they can still be cuddled and curled up at the end of the bed.
Fox Hollow Taxidermy specialises in making soft mounts, you can see many of my soft mounts in the "commission" section of this website. Any of the furs in the "Mountable skins" section of my shop would be able to be soft mounted.