Animal House

Man Amasses 400-Piece Taxidermy Collection

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Posted: August 16, 2014

Daily News-Record

Gregory Speck sits amidst a few of the 400 taxidermy specimens he’s collected since the early 1990s, despite being neither a hunter or taxidermist, which he displays in both his Harrisonburg home and New York City apartment. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Gregory Speck's Harrisonburg house, dubbed "El Dorado," but more aptly called "Animal House," contains half of his approximately 400-piece taxidermy collection. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Max, a wolf reported to have been the alpha male of the Yellowstone National Park pack, stands above photos of celebrities Gregory Speck has interviewed. (Photo by Hannah Pitstick / DN-R)

To reach El Dorado, guests must venture down Port Republic Road, passing four concrete lions and a white wooden gate before squeezing between two overgrown shrubberies.


Once there, a…



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