The Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas is the best celebration of hunting in the world. Sure, it’s a great place to meet friends and book hunts of all types around the world, yet the taxidermy displays of big-game animals are absolutely amazing.

Above, the African lion is one of the most feared predators on earth, whether you have four legs or two. The image at the top of the page captures the impending death to anything (or one) who gets this close.

Here are the rest of my picks for the top 12 taxidermy displays at the SCI convention:

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Every Sportsman needs a full size elephant for his game room.
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A leopard sleeps on a branch as if it had just caught and eaten dinner.
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A mountain goat billy climbs down a mountain with its warm coat to fight tremendous mountain snows. It also make great winter camouflage.
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The oscillated turkey of Mexico and Central America is beautiful and needed to complete the world slam of wild turkeys.
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Leopards are among the most ferocious cats. If wounded they wait in ambush and attack their stalker with fangs and ripping claws.
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The Alaskan moose, North America’s largest deer, shows its massive antlers that are shed each winter and grown again in spring and summer.
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Alaska Brown Bears thrive on salmon and use their huge claws to “set the hook.”
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A walrus is not your average big game animal, but bull can weight three tons and the money hunters spend directly support local native villages.
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The Cape buffalo, often known as black death, is the most sought after of the big 5.
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This Alaska brown bear display features a huge brownie defending a walrus carcass from wolves and an eagle. Can you spot the hunters in the picture, a scene that really happened.
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Among sheep hunters, the Marco Polo sheep is the top of the mountain. Despite its incredible appearance, populations are still strong in Asia.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.