Taxidermist Profile: Hunters Heart Taxidermy


Company Name: Hunters Heart Taxidermy (Pty) Ltd
Contact: (Owner/Manage) Ruan Viljoen
Physical Address: 2 Nywerheid Avenue, Kuruman, 8460
Tel Office: +27 72 057 1235
Mobile: +27 72 057 1235
Contact Email:

Tell us a little about your operation

Hunters Heart Taxidermy founder and CEO Ruan Viljoen is an avid hunter and conservationist with a passion for securing the sustainability of hunting in Africa. Ruan has been a professional in the for many years, hunting his first African Buffalo at the young age of 13, and growing up admiring his father’s impressive collection of over 66 trophies.

It is because of this extensive background in the hunting that we appreciate and understand the significance of expressing each client’s memories with our custom craftsmanship, and why we focus so greatly on delivering a superb customer experience.

How many years have you been in the business?

The team has combined experience of 37 years. Hunters Heart Taxidermy is a relative new entity and brand that we are very excited about.

What are your favorite mounts & why?

Custom mounts, as this gives me an opportunity to be creative and to give the client a unique, one-of-a-kind trophy.

What are your specialty areas that you have in the business?

We specialize in custom mounting which gives us a distinct advantage when creating one-of-a-kind trophies for our client. As my artist statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. We do not rely on standard forms, we resize and sculp each form to fit the animal’s natural anatomy to the size of the skin received. Attention to detail, by a very strict Quality Control Department, on muscle definition, hide texture, eye expression, veins and pose to be anatomically correct. When you need Africa alive, you need a Hunters Heart signature.

Current processes offered

  • Pick up & collect trophies: Yes (free, all over Africa for International clients)
  • Maximum distance offered to collect trophies: all over Africa
  • Own tanning facilities: Yes
  • Do you buy in forms or sculpt your own or both: Sculpt and Alter own forms

 Delivery time (approximate)

  • Dip and Pack: 3 months after payment was received
  • European mounts: 3-6 months
  • Shoulder mounts: 8-11 months
  • Full mounts: 8-11 months

General Comments

The conservation of our wildlife resources, and of responsible hunting in our region is imperative to sustaining the legacy of our community. As a conservation-centred company, we endeavour to establish a total value chain in the community where the income generated from hunting practices, directly or indirectly, can be traced and measured. We therefore ensure that no part of an animal goes to waste: unutilised meat feeds the community, and skins are transformed into unique bags and other sellable products by local entrepreneurs. Every hunter contributes to this ideology and to the survival of the industry, capturing the Heart of Hunting.

Exporting your trophies dafely back to you

We have been importing and exporting trophies from across the globe as well as our neighbouring African countries.  We have a dedicated team and make use of a freight agent that has specialized in this service for decades.  If you appoint us as your preferred services provider, you sign up for peace-of-mind with no double handing on data packs; a proactive process with no delays in submission or risk that paper trails get delayed or lost; and a timed ensuring the alignment of work-in-progress and readiness to ship with all the relevant documentation in place, happens spontaneously.  This is a huge advantage.  Our customers have the option to take out insurance on their shipment, if required.  This approach makes us unbeatable and guarantee our lead times as the fastest turnaround in Africa.