Unscripted

Animal Planet takes to taxidermy

American Stuffers, a taxidermy series from Collins Avenue for Animal Planet, focuses on a small pet preservation company in Arkansas and makes its debut next month.
December 6, 2011

Animal Planet is mounting a new taxidermy series, American Stuffers, set to air on January 5. 

The eight-episode series, produced by Collins Avenue, focuses on a small pet preservation company in Romance, Arkansas. Daniel Ross’ Xtreme Taxidermy preserves beloved cats, pet chickens, canines and lizards.

Some people travel more than a thousand miles to get to Xtreme Taxidermy, where Ross and his three-person team work almost year-long on the process of preserving their pets.

Besides the workplace, the series will also focus on Ross’ home life, which takes place in the same space as Xtreme Taxidermy. Ross’ wife, LaDawn, serves as the company’s bookkeeper, and the shop is in the family’s backyard.

Future episodes will feature a burly farmer distraught over his chihuahua’s death and a woman’s request to preserve the deceased pet raccoon that slept in her bed.

Jeff Collins and Mike Aho are executive producers for Collins Avenue. Mick Kaczorowski is executive producer for Animal Planet.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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