Avian Biologist & Taxidermist 

Paloma Strong is a taxidermist at Prey Taxidermy, having apprenticed under the guidance of Allis Markham for the past 9 years. Her journey with Prey began as an intern at the age of 16 after being an amateur naturalist and taxidermy enthusiast for many years. Paloma placed 3rd in her division at the 2019 World Taxidermy Champions for her opossum mount and continues to collaborate with Allis in crafting stunning pieces for their clientele. A proud graduate with a biology degree from Occidental College, Paloma focused on ornithology and served as a preparator in the Moore Lab of Zoology. In 2019, she assisted Allis in teaching the taxidermy course at Occidental. Paloma has completed sculpture classes at Gnomon School of Visual Effects and with Adam Matano.

Beyond the confines of the studio, Paloma can be found birdwatching across Southern California, where she enjoys the beauty of native birds, some of which eventually become subjects on her workbench.

You can follow Paloma on Instagram and TikTok to get some behind-the-scenes access to the art of taxidermy at @paloma.pajaro.