Heard of the Jackalope? It's not real. Ever heard of Jimmy Carter? Very real.
Famous taxidermists are only famous among taxidermists. These award winners are popular authors and teachers. They are sought after judges in competitions.
There is a new breed of taxidermist who wouldn't know a rifle from a trifle. These "rogue taxidermists" are artists who push the craft beyond folk art and into eccentric and sometimes disturbing regions. This is the world of unicorns and flying pigs. Damien Hirst made international headlines (and a lot of money) for his controversial exhibitions of full-sized horses, calves, sheep, and sharks in Plexiglas cases.