What is it with these piss poor taxidermist in S. Africa. I have a client that just received his capes back after over a year (that wasn't the taxidermist fault. Piss poor US customs agents) and his trophy impala (24 in horns) has a ear that was missing 1/2 the back skin and was torn completely off the animal. His springbok's ear was hanging by a 1/4 (repairable). But the kicker is he paid this guy $1400 to flip/dip/ship and when received the only thing flipped was the ears half way up. I figured it out that with everyone that went his part of shipping was $250. That means that the taxidermist made$1150 for messing these animals up. He rolled the skin around the horns of a red hartebeest up at the ear so it would not rehydrate and slipped 2/3 inch area. I think I can repair it with a piece of the leg skin (same color/lenght of hair). The customer is not shocked because this is his 4th time to Africa. Just laughed and said he expected that. When you don't have it mounted with them they always mess it up. He told me to find him another impala cape. I know tanning these animals is tough, but I had no problem tanning the springbok or Blesbok. Rehydrating one of two kudu now and still have an eland, kudu and blue wildebeest to do. Wouldn't be that bad if the [email protected] in S. Africa would do the job you pay them to do. If there are any S. African taxidermists on the net, I would love to have you come over here and hunt with me, shoot a trophy whitetail, pay me a large prepping fee, and then I will do a 1/2 a55ed job prepping it, cut the ears off it and send it to you to mount. If it wasn't for the lousy prepping these animals would be georgous. Impala didn't have a mark on it. Other than that they are tanning very well. Rehydration, pickling, tanning and shaving isn't all that bad. I Found that if I put them in my pressure tanner with just the pickle they shave easier and can shave a heck of a lot thinner. Hell I have only put one dime sized shaving hole in one cape. Just venting. I know some of you will understand. I know there are some excellent taxidermist in S. Africa that will correctly prep, but this wasn't one of them. I have looked at web sites all across the world and I believe we have them all beat here in North America hands down.