Taxidermy is the preservation and mounting of an animal for study or display. You'll need a licence if you want to carry out taxidermy on or keep preserved specimens of:
- protected native animals
- native animal parts (like eggs, claws or bones)
- animals listed in the threatened species schedules of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
You must be:
- a professional or hobbyist (under tutelage) taxidermist wanting to carry out taxidermy on native animals or threatened species
- an individual wanting to keep or have a native/threatened specimen preserved by a professional taxidermist.
What you need
- your personal details
- details of any other licences you've been previously granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974
- the PDF form – 'Licence to possess preserved specimens and/or carry out taxidermy'
- your payment for the application fee.
Depending on whether you're a hobbyist, a professional taxidermist, or an individual seeking to have a native specimen preserved, you'll also need where applicable:
- the common and scientific names of the species
- where and how the native specimen was obtained
- reason for taxidermy
- name and licence number of the intended taxidermist
- name and licence number of your taxidermy tutor
- details of your taxidermy experience
- photos of your work
- list of species you already hold.
How to apply
- Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
- Complete the application form.
- Gather your supporting documentation and photographs if applicable.
- Submit your application by post or email to the details on the form.
- A licence for private purposes may not be granted for any bird of prey or a threatened species unless you can show a legitimate scientific or educational purpose for the specimen.
- You do not need a licence to keep or carry out taxidermy on non-native animals or hold processed animal products.
- It is illegal to remove or preserve any animal or animal part from a national park or nature reserve without authorisation.
- You cannot sell or trade animal specimens, even if you do not want to keep it. If you’re a professional taxidermist, you may advertise and charge for your taxidermy services.
- For more information, contact the Wildlife Team on 9585 6406 or email email@example.com.