The rabbits used for her classes come from a reptile food supply company called RodentPro. The skins are used in the classes for educational purposes and the rest of the remains are cleaned, re-frozen, and shipped to various past students whose dogs eat raw-meat diets, bones and all. Others use the meat to feed their families and the bones to make jewelry. Nothing is EVER killed for the sake of art and literally NOTHING goes to waste.
Like I mentioned above Mickey travels internationally(!!) teaching taxidermy. If you don't see a city near you on her class calender you can either sign up to be notified when she comes around or sign up to host a class which is way more simple than it sounds. All you need to provide is a table and chairs, she does the rest! You can find all the details here.
I highly recommend taking a class if you've ever had any interest in taxidermy. It's definitely not as gross as you'd think, I promise! Mickey's taught students as young as seven and even a group of mid-sixties women having a "girls' night out." How awesome is that!?
Be sure to check out Mickey's blog, Tails of a Taxidermist.
All photos, except the last one, by Zachariah Durr.
I know taxidermy isn't everyone's cup of tea but please keep all comments respectful and remember nothing is killed for taxidermy purposes.