Master Taxidermists Vern & Lousise Pearson

About Master Taxidermists Vern & Louise Pearson

We both have a profound interest in nature, its incredible wildlife, hunting, art and photography. And from a very early age taxidermy seemed to be a natural choice of work for both of us.
At the age of 8 Vern started collecting bird wings and injecting them with formaldehyde to preserve them, and it just grew from there. A hobby turned into an occupation and in 1989 he went full time. His great passion is the outdoors - hunting the elusive Sika in the dense bush of the North Island and experiencing the Himalayan Tahr in the breathtaking Southern Alps. Nothing beats being out there doing it.

Just like Vern, Louise's interest in all living things made a huge impact on her life choices, and lead to a degree in 'Natural History Museum Preservation & Conservation', which she did in Copenhagen, Denmark. She loves travelling and has hunted and worked overseas but is now based in New Zealand, where she has been working full time as a taxidermist since 2002. Having grown up in Denmark, Roe deer hunting holds a special place in her heart but the magnificent landscape New Zealand has to offer brings lots of new and exciting hunting opportunities, with gun and camera. Ohh, where to begin…

We strongly believe in competing as a way of learning and as a result refining the Art of Taxidermy, which is reflected in our work, as we are both Master Taxidermists within the NZTA.


We keep up to date with the latest taxidermy techniques by attending seminars run at the World Taxidermy Championship and by the annual NZTA competition judges, overseas taxidermists and through articles written in the Breakthrough Magazine, the World’s leading taxidermy publication.