The 54-year-old is a taxidermist by profession. He is responsible for preserving the skin of animals and then later reproducing them in lifelike forms.
Jiang began his career in taxidermy in 1979 and is now working for the Jilin Museum of Natural History in northeast China. In a career spanning over 37 years, he has worked on more than 100 specimens, including tigers, snub-nosed monkeys, and cranes.
In fact, taxidermy is seen as a kind of art. During the Victorian era, stuffed animals were used as an integral part of the interior decoration.
But the art isn’t only about stuffing and mounting animals but needs a lot of effort. He said a taxidermist needs to go for field studies, and take photos and videos of animals in order to have an overall knowledge of animals’ anatomy and lifestyle.
And it’s not a one-step process, too. Jiang said the art of creating a replica of a lifelike animal takes around 10 steps — it includes collecting, removing skin, soaking, drying, stuffing and suturing — before it is put on display.
“Doing the animal specimen is a challenge and a way to improve my proficiency. Taxidermy is not a dull work,” said Jiang.