Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 30, 2014


I don’t know how you feel about taxidermy. I would hate to think an animal had been shot as a trophy, but I suppose if it is already dead I don’t have a problem with making it look almost alive again.

We came upon an amazing shop in Rue d’Aboukir in Paris filled with a menagerie of exotic and not so exotic animals. They are for sale or rent.

The birds are gorgeous.


Design et Nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

Design et nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

Design et Nature Paris

I love the ark filled with animals.

Design et anathema Paris

It was a fun shop to explore. I would like a collection of these animals or birds, but I have no idea where I would put it.



The porcupine in the window was huge. We apparently have them around Casa Debbio. I have picked up quills, but I have not seen one. I hope I don’t come across one in the dark.

Design et Nature Paris

They eat bulbs and I certainly don’t want them digging up my daffodils. Perhaps I should have bought the one in the window and put a sign around his neck in porcupine speak, warning of what might happen if his relatives come near my bulbs.

Design et Nature…4 Rue d’Abouker, 75002, Paris


  1. Whatever you think about taxidermy there is certainly huge skill in the preservation of those animals. The colours are fabulous although the lion does look rather sad. The porcupine must have been a challenge! I didn’t know they had them in Italy.

    • I like the stuffed animals and agree that the skill is amazing. I had no idea porcupine were so big. I think they eat them here in Italy.

  2. Porcupine speak……hilarious. We have hedgehogs in the garden but they are happy munching on the fallen apples. An absolutely incredible shop though! I adore the Ark but how do you clean the dust off these works of art??

    • Hedgehogs are cute little things. I wonder if we have them here.

  3. It is an arte, Debra and I find those stuffed animals very decorative. Just as you said, I would not kill them… on the other hand, once they are dead, I think that it gives them a more dignified end and allows them to be admired. There is a gorgeous taxidermy shop in San Francisco, which I always visit

    • I thought the shop was delightful and the owner was kind to let me take the photos.

  4. Wow, what an amazing place! I’m not entirely sure what I think about taxidermy, but there’s no doubting the skill involved. Some of them creep me out a bit (the swan, for example) while some of them are just really cool…

    • I could have the kangaroo in my living room to remind me of home.

  5. Looks a bit like Deyrolles. But it’s not, is it? I went there this summer. AMAZING!! Tried to take pictures but they were very strict about it.

    • I asked the owner if I could take photos and she kindly agreed. I loved the shop.

  6. I didn’t know you could speak Porcupine! What a talent you are. 😉

    • I have many talents, not all of them useful.

  7. Such a wonderful array of birds and animals. Debra. It must have been so fascinating to walk around there, but I don’t think I want anything dead in my house. Having said that, I’ve just remembered that I bought a gorgeous Blue Morpho butterfly in a frame, when we were in Costa Rica. 🙂

    • The butterfly display was lovely. I could imagine that on my wall.

  8. Like most comments we are the same…once the animal/bird has died…no problem in preserving it for future generations…..who knows what will survive into the future.

    • I would love to see how it is done…very clever.

  9. I’m really quite fascinated by taxidermy! If I could afford it I would have some in our house!

    • I didn’t look at the prices, I couldn’t have put one in my suitcase anyway.

  10. It’s kind of nice and kind of creepy. I like that you can really have a good look
    and handle the creatures. Interesting post 🙂

Leave a Reply


%d bloggers like this: