About True-Life Taxidermy

jim-shockey-testimonialTrue-Life Taxidermy Inc. was established in 1988 By Bob Vitro. Since its inception Bob has traveled the globe, studying wildlife in their natural habitat. With this knowledge of natural wildlife behavior each mount is True to Life. Every mount is carefully designed and sculpted. This enables us to reflect anatomically correct detail and genuine wildlife behavior. True-Life Taxidermy has a staff of world class, award winning wildlife artists and has grown to be one of the largest taxidermy studios in the Northeast.

Wild Sheep Foundation
Nation Rifle Association (NRA)
Ducks Unlimited
Safari Club International (SCI)

Contact Info


Safari Specialists Inc.
True-Life Taxidermy
562 New Vernon Road,
Middletown, NY 10940


(845) 733-1313




  • This Taxidermist beside me is the man that I have hired to do my taxidermy work. I have sent my treasured Musk Ox, the biggest Musk Ox to ever be hunted to Bob Vitro. Believe me I have kept my Musk Ox and have looked everywhere for the right person to mount it. Taxidermy is so important this is why I have chosen True-Life Taxidermy. I use True-Life Taxidermy and so should you.

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    Jim Shockey
    TV Host
  • If your looking for one exceptional taxidermist/outfitter that books worldwide take it from one who has hunted from Africa to the Arctic Circle with Bob- from taxidermy work to booking hunts his knowledge an expertise can not be beat, True Life Taxidermy ( Bob Vitro ) from Middletown N.Y.does it all.

    Michael J. Delfino Sr.
  • I want to thank you and your team for the great work you have done for me. The mount will give the memory of that day for as long as I live. It is rare in this day and age that one can get the professional experience you get when dealing with you and your staff and I thank you for that.

    Dan Evangelista
  • Bob Vitro is certainly the most outstanding taxidermist that I have ever worked with. His mounts are extraordinary with more attention to detail than I have ever seen. He is also an incredible outfitter, especially his Kansas white tail hunts.. as good as it gets.. and his African Safaris.

    Tommy Mottola
  • I’ve been using Bob Vitro and True-Life Taxidermy for over 10 years for all my mounts from Alaska to Africa and everything in between. Bob and his staff have such an amazing attention to detail that each piece of his work seems to come to life again in my trophy room. When non hunters just stop and stare you know that the work is indeed artistry.

    Bob recently set me up on a Colorado mule deer hunt knowing I was looking for something special. The outfit he recommended was thick with very big deer and I connected with this 180’s buck late in the hunt.

    From dangerous game in Africa to sheep hunting in Europe and Asia and bears in Russia and Alaska Bob knows the outfitters that get it done. He is mounting trophies from around the world and sees where the best come from.

    Jim Kachidurian
    The Kent Group Associates, Inc.
  • Through your talents and artistry, I am able to live the pursuits everyday. I will always be in your debt. The memories become so vivid, and the honor, respect and attention you have given to my specimens supersedes all expectations.

    The compliments I have received from our peers, as well as professionals that accompany us is added tribute to your allowing the experience’s reincarnation. My sincerest thanks, and wishes for continued excellence.

    Joseph P Giordano
  • I always look forward to booking the next exciting hunt with Bobby Vitro. His expertise and knowledge in booking hunts with a high success rate and great hospitality make me a returning customer. I pick an animal, my favorite being Whitetail, and he gave me a number of locations that are known to have trophy bucks. Then from there, based on my personal preferences of climate and hunting conditions, I would make my decision on where to book. The process is always smooth and he always has up to date information on where the trophies are being racked up.

    Peter Campisi
  • I met Bob Vitro six years ago when I booked my first safari to Africa. With his wealth of knowledge on the continent, I was confident that it would be an experience of a lifetime…and it was! Since that trip, I have returned to Africa several times all with the support of Safari Specialists. Bob and his team were instrumental in helping me to achieve my goal of harvesting the “Big 5,” and they continue to assist as I book trips in the United States and abroad. In addition, he has skillfully mounted and hand-delivered more than seventy-five animals for my trophy room, which he helped to design. Whether it is a full body mount, head mount or rug you are looking for, Bob will deliver a first-class job every time. His expert knowledge and eye for detail are second to none and I wouldn’t use anyone else.

    Jerry Burke
  • I wanted to take a moment to express my sincerest thanks for an outstanding job you gentlemen did mounting my rainbow trout. This trout was a trophy of a lifetime on such light fly tackle and being caught in a New Jersey river. I was hoping to catch the moment when I had her in my hands and reflect on the vibrant colors and freshness of the fish. To say the least, you fellas’ did just that! I cannot complement you enough on such a fine job. 

    A few friends have seen the fish already and also my wife and all have remarked how it “looks so alive”! I agree. You have my deepest appreciation for such a fine paint job! From this point on, I can assure you that all of my taxidermy needs will be through your shop. Keep up the fantastic work!

    Stew Lampe
  • Bob Vitro and his True Life staff are avid sports men , who understand one remembers the hunt through the trophy. We use Bob for all our store displays, Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta’s Museum collection and our clients trophies from our hunting agencies as well, I also have been using True Life to complete my new trophy room (another field that. Bob prides himself in) These are the people to trust your memories to.

    Peter L. Horn ll

Useful Info


In most cases, a photo of your trophy is also very helpful. We can determine certain unique characteristics of your trophy that could otherwise have been easily overlooked.


Remember, your trophies can be shipped to Safari Specialists True Life Taxidermy Inc. from Any place in the world. Simply get the expeditor’s business card and forward it to Safari Specialists True Life Taxidermy Inc. and we will handle the rest!

Field Care

The measurements from your trophies in the field help us prepare for the actual mounting. They give us ideas on various ways the mount could be prepared.