La Traveler - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana Traveler: Westlake Taxidermists

Like father, like son. Josh German said he's learned a lot over the years, watching his award-winning father, Steve, in his taxidermy shop.

"As a little kid running around the taxidermy shop, I'd play with things," said Josh. "I'd grab foam, always studying Dad and following in his footsteps. When I was probably about 10 or 11, I really striked an interest in it."

Taxidermy is known as "the arrangement of skin." Steve's been doing it for over four decades. 

"I never dreamed 40 years ago when I started this business that I would be mounting zebras and giraffes and hyenas and stuff like that," said Steve. "It's mind boggling." 

With help from folks like fellow taxidermist, Mike McConnell, this shop never stops. Throughout the year, Steve, Josh and Mike stay busy working on everything from alligators to zebras. The showroom adjacent to their workshop looks something like a museum.  Maybe even better.

"We wanted to have a really neat and very unique area for people to observe animals and see what we can do to design our trophy rooms. Because that's a big part of our business as well." 

Their next project is loaded up in crates in their workshop. It's an elephant.

"I think they want European mounts done with them," said Steve. "Bleached skulls. And the ivory is in those two crates right there and we're building two elaborate stands for the ivory to set on. They also have a bunch of animals: Life-sized hyenas. They've got a lot of stuff to be done."

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • New Jeff Davis jail expected to open in July

    New Jeff Davis jail expected to open in July

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:19:22 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    The new Jeff Davis jail has been a project years in the making. After breaking ground nearly two years ago it's almost ready to open.  The $10 million jail in Jeff Davis Parish is close to completion.  "We're going to be going from 64 beds to almost 200 so it's two thirds larger," said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey.  The new facility has been talked about for years. The parish's current jail in Jennings was built in the 1960's, that faces constant ...More >>
    The new Jeff Davis jail has been a project years in the making. After breaking ground nearly two years ago it's almost ready to open.  The $10 million jail in Jeff Davis Parish is close to completion.  "We're going to be going from 64 beds to almost 200 so it's two thirds larger," said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey.  The new facility has been talked about for years. The parish's current jail in Jennings was built in the 1960's, that faces constant ...More >>
  • Jurors watch confession video in trial of Johnnie Hardman

    Jurors watch confession video in trial of Johnnie Hardman

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:54:06 GMT
    Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)

    Jurors heard from a man who was robbed at the Twelve Palms RV Park the day that Joshua Touchet was shot and died.

    Witness Clinton Curtice told how there were three men and that one approached him with a handgun and demanded money.  Curtice identified that man as Johnnie Hardman. Hardman is on trial on a charge of first degree-murder.

    More >>

    Jurors heard from a man who was robbed at the Twelve Palms RV Park the day that Joshua Touchet was shot and died.

    Witness Clinton Curtice told how there were three men and that one approached him with a handgun and demanded money.  Curtice identified that man as Johnnie Hardman. Hardman is on trial on a charge of first degree-murder.

    More >>
  • Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:25:07 GMT
    Monitoring the Gulf for any developmentMonitoring the Gulf for any development

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly