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The RIP team is keen and ready to answer your questions. Before contacting us though, we ask that you first read the class description thoroughly. We take a lot of care making sure the course description contains everything you need to know to help you choose the right workshop and we find that most of the answers you seek are already there waiting for you.
All of our scheduled classes and prices (including interstate classes) are listed onour website.
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Great question! At RIP we believe it is important to be mindful of where animalscome from. Our students understand that preservation is an art form that breathesnew life into a deceased animal.
For our current suite of classes we either use animals that have been bred for thepurpose of python feeding, game that is sourced for food or pest species that havebeen culled in government programs aimed to protect our native wildlife.
Our butterflies are sourced from butterfly farms in South America, Central Africa andSoutheast Asia. They are allowed to pass away naturally before they are collected.Some are even released into the wild to maintain populations in areas where theyare endemic.
Interestingly, about a third of our students are vegetarian or vegan.
At RIP our classes are carefully curated to ensure that each and every student canwalk away with a gorgeous completed specimen in the allocated timeframe.
Given this we require all students to use the specimen provided by RIP.
If you have a native Australian animal we recommend you take the time to read the below FAQ that covers off the legalities of this.
Currently we do not offer commissioned work as we are focussing our attention onthe education of our students. There are a range of fabulous taxidermists aroundAustralia that you will be able to find via google that may be able to assist with yourquery.
Please note that if you are in Victoria and have found a native animal, it is protected and it is not legal to pick it up, keep it or have it worked on by a taxidermist. There are some taxidermists in Victoria that have the appropriate wildlife licence but we are only able to work on native specimens that come with an existing permit.
Sadly, finding a native animal that has passed naturally does not qualify and it will need to be returned to the earth to decompose as nature intended. These laws are in place to protect our native species, something we feel strongly about here at RIP and support wholeheartedly.
If you are interstate you will need to research the relevant state legislation as each state will have its own laws regarding native species.
Unfortunately our workshop space doesn’t allow space for someone to watchanother participant.
Plus our classes are designed for hands on learning. You will understand and take in a lot more if you get involved.
Don’t forget that we also have Take Home Kit options that are available to the participant so if you can’t attend the class for any reason perhaps you will be luckyenough to have your friend teach you at home.
We understand how upsetting the passing of a beloved pet can be and the desire forpreservation.
We do not currently provide taxidermy services for pets but can assist with skeletal articulation and also shrunken heads to memorialise your pet. You can discuss these processes with us and obtain a quote by sending us an email.
Sorry, we are unable to offer private tutorials as we dedicate our time to developingour workshop content.
The Cabinet is an online store only and while our workshops are held in a permanentfacility, this is only open to students on days they are enrolled for courses.
We are not in a position to offer these services as many of us work full time jobs orstudy in addition to being part of the RIP family.
We strongly believe in the sharing of knowledge and skills development and have athriving volunteer program available to existing students who have developed a baselevel of knowledge.
Taxidermy has not been formally taught in Australia since the 1970’s. Mosttaxidermists in Australia are self-taught or have travelled to the USA or UK to learntheir craft.
RIP with its diverse range of programming across the dying arts continues to be theonly company of its type around the globe.
We understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is tocontact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us 2 weeks notice, we canoffer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee.
If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of theworkshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus$50 booking fee.
Unfortunately we wont be able to offer refunds for cancellations or transfers receivedlast minute - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop.
If you want to gift the full cost of a class just select the workshop you are looking atand click ‘Gift This Class’ when you are in the booking system.
You can even write your own special greeting.
Vouchers are valid for 6 months.
We have taught many intrigued minds from 14 years and upwards. If you are under18 we do like to have a chat to a guardian about the workshop prior to the bookingbeing made, so give us a call.
Are you kidding? There is no such thing.
Never! We will guide you through the process step by step and if you think you mightget squeamish we will be sure to pay you extra attention.
You sure can. We recommend that you take your specimen home in a secure carry-on bag. This way you can ensure its safe passage.
Sure, we have a range of options and recommendations on the workshop bookingpages.