What is 'Roadkill Skeletons' ?
Roadkill Skeletons was formed to provide structure to something that originated as a hobby. While the collecting of bones and skeletons may not be a novel hobby, RKS focuses specifically on the collection of wild animals struck by vehicles on the roads of South Africa.
The emphasis is on road kills, but some of the skeletons may also originate from animal corpses donated by zoo’s and animal parks. In collecting skeletons, the following principles are adhered to:
No animals are killed for the sole purpose of extracting skeletons: Animals either died in road kills or natural causes. Exceptions are cases where animals were hunted for meat, e.g. Springbuck.
The focus is on wild animals of Southern Africa
Skeletons are not collected for commercial purposes: RKS does not trade in skeletons. However, clones of certain skulls may be produced on request.
The main objectives of RKS are the sharing of knowledge regarding cleaning and rebuilding of skeletons as well as the recording of elementary data on road kills. The latter could hopefully assist authorities and nature conservationists in providing data on wild animals endemic to specific regions of Southern Africa.