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Dog and chickens lazing in the orchard
WHO I AM:
My name is Jen Fanshaw. Having lived my life in the state of Idaho, I've always had a passion for our beautiful, natural environments, particularly for wildlife, conservation, and natural sciences. Building on a hobby of taxidermy and skull cleaning, I eventually began marketing my finished products and established the Desert Rose Taxidermy. I have been cleaning and preparing specimens for universities, museums, veterinarians, collectors, and artists around the world since 2008.

North American canid skulls
WHAT I DO:
I am state and federally licensed to conduct domestic and international wildlife trade. My business practices a unique form of 'recycling' by acquiring specimens that are often discarded or thrown away. I process everything myself using gentle, natural methods. Along with selling prepared specimens, I offer professional skull and skeleton cleaning services.


Chipmunk skull being cleaned
HOW I CLEAN:
I use a method of bone cleaning called 'maceration'. This utilizes a natural decomposition bacteria to gently clean bones. This method creates a flawless finished product and creates an organic, nutrient-rich by-product that I return to the soil. I do not bleach or boil any of my bones. My dried specimens are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods.

Alaskan wolf skull
SOURCING INFORMATION:
Most of my specimens are acquired as a by-product of the hunting and trapping trades, where bones and various other parts are often discarded. I am breathing beauty and functionality back into this 'waste' and creating an opportunity for folks to utilize, study, and honor these natural pieces.


Domestic sheep bones
OTHER SPECIMENS OFFERED:
I frequently acquire specimens that were found in nature or as result of vehicular collision. Some folks prefer specimens from these sources, however the availability of these items is limited.

I also work with domestic species, including horses, goats, pigs, and many others. I live in a rural farming community where animals roam ample pastures, and many of my domestic specimens are sourced from my own neighbors.


My chickens and rabbits mingling
THE FUTURE OF THE DESERT ROSE TAXIDERMY:
Within the next few years I am aiming to take my business completely green. This will entail a completely chemical-free cleaning process, zero non-recyclable waste, and 100% biodegradable materials. The cost of many related items, such as biodegradable tapes, packaging, etc. may affect pricing, but I am confident that my fellow nature-lovers and much appreciated clients will understand the importance of this decision!


Shed deer antler tips
CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION:
I am the sole operator of my business and can be extremely busy. I have no posted business hours and do not have a shop front open to the public. I will always strive to communicate quickly and clearly, answer your questions, and work out any issues that may arise.
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