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The earth has more than 5,000 species of mammal, about 50 of which provide hides for leather production. Most of the world's processed leather comes from animals that are reared for meat and/or dairy consumption. Besides other uses, the hides and/or skin from animals such as cows, zebu, water buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs are used for by-products. This makes up more than 99% of the world production. Leather derived from any other animals can be considered ‘Exotic Leather’.
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Exotic leathers are either made from relatively rare animal species or from skin parts of animals that are rarely processed into leather. Some exotic leathers are protected by the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora). Crocodile or snake skin leathers are commonly addressed as leather. However, other exotic leathers like fish leather, leather from chicken legs or from cow belly/stomach also exist. Depending on the culture, the definition of exotic leather, can differ.
Is exotic leather better than other standard forms of leather? Some exotic leather surfaces may feel softer, hence making them more appealing, or they might have a very different look. Fur for instance can be particularly soft or have a unique colour. However, demand for leather is generally satisfied by the hides from animals that account for 90% of world meat production. In recent years, there seems to have been a growing trend for artificial man-made leathers, such as vinyl leatherette. None of the exotic leathers offer superior quality, durability, resistance or other practical properties. Mostly, exotic leathers are unique mainly because of their texture, look and colour which makes them more valuable.
Animal species of exotic leather
The leather of the following species are "exotic leather":
- Alligator leather
- Alpaca fur
- Antelope leather
- Armadillo leather
- Bird leather
- Bull testicles
- Caiman leather
- Camel leather
- Carpincho leather
- Cat fur
- Chicken leather
- Crocodile leather
- Dog leather
- Donkey leather
- Elephant leather
- Fish leather: Eel, shark, salmon, moray eel, stingray and many others
- Frog leather - Toad leather
- Giraffe leather
- Hippo Leather
- Horsehide - Horse leather
- Kangaroo leather
- Llama Fur
- Lizard leather
- Ostrich leather
- Pangolin leather
- Peccary leather
- Rumen leather
- Sealskin leather
- Turtle skin
- Walrus leather
- Yak leather
- Zebra hide
Video about leather of different animal species
Leather of different animal species - Exotic leather
The cleaning and care of exotic leather
Exotic leather is usually processed for special objects which are treated with care. A careful treatment is the best for the longevity of exotic leather. The cleaning and care of exotic leather not only depends on the type of animal, but in particular on the finish process by the tanner. The tanner can make a variety of different types of leather from one anilmal species. From porous aniline leather to gold leather. Therefore, the correct procedure for cleaning and care can only be determined on an individual basis.
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- CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora
- Taxidermy - Hunting trophies - Mounted animals