May I just make a minor correction about Carl Akeley - his first "paid" job in taxidermy was not in Milwaukee but in Rochester, NY. As a youth, Akeley learned taxidermy from a neighbor and his first real job was as a favor for another neighbor whose pet canary had died so Akeley mounted it for her. He eventually left home to work in Rochester for Professor Ward, who had a thriving business mounting animals for schools. Akeley gained national fame while there when P. T. Barnum's prized huge elephant, Jumbo, was accidentally killed by a steam locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Barnum had previously made arrangements with Prof. Ward that in the event of Jumbo's death, Prof. Ward was to preserve and mount this specimen so the public might still see it. After traveling to Canada to retrieve Jumbo's remains, Akeley and another of Ward's employees set to work bringing Jumbo back to "life". This was the job which gave Akeley a great opportunity and his big start in life. The story surrounding this event is truly entertaining and can be read in the August 1973 issue of American Heritage magazine in the article entitled "The Colossus of His Kind: Jumbo" by James L. Haley. (hardcover magazine) Many other writers have also documented this amazing story.