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Obscura Society LA: Prey - The Private Studio of Taxidermist Allis Markham

Join Obscura Society LA as we learn that taxidermy goes beyond being skin deep

Taxidermy is the ancient art of preparing and mounting the skins of deceased animals for display or study. No one is more of an expert of this centuries-old art than Allis Markham, a taxidermist for the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.

Allis is also the owner of Prey, an ethical and eco-friendly taxidermy service. Allis' art is centered around her love of nature and her belief that no part of the animal should go to waste. She began to hone her skills at the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana and began her work at the Natural History Museum over two years ago.

Join Obscura Society LA and Field Agent Erin Johnson for an exclusive engagement held at Allis' Hollywood home and studio. Over the course of the evening, we will investigate a variety of topics focused on taxidermy theory and practice, beginning with a bird skinning demonstration. The Society will be invited to tour Allis’ studio, meet her pet chickens, and explore her one hundred year old home filled with strange and unique objects. Finally, we will end the evening with a glass of wine (or two) and a slideshow of behind the scenes photos from the Natural History Museum, including images of concealed specimens and lab oddities, such as the Victorian Aviary Domes, wax-infused primate faces, and her current work in progress: a tiger who recently died of old age, donated by the zoo.

For more information about Allis and her creations, please visit her website:

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to a local dog rescue center.

Notes for this adventure: 

- Saturday, March 22nd, 7-10 pm

-  Location: Hollywood, CA - Because this event is at a private residence, an email will be sent to attendees with the exact address. PLEASE IGNORE THE MAP - IT IS NOT CORRECT.

-  Due to the graphic nature of the event and the distribution of alcoholic beverages, age is 21+ with ID please.

- Tickets are $25, which includes two glasses of wine.

- Street parking only.