Journalist Gregory Speck — whose NYC home of 200 taxidermied beasts made headlines when it sold to Kimberly Guilfoyle in 2015 — is expanding his mega menagerie with hopefully the addition of a nearly nine-foot stuffed alligator.

Socialite Speck currently has 400 members in his collection of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles at his Shenandoah Valley estate, called El Dorado, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

We’re told the writer bought five animals through a virtual auction and drove 1,000 miles the day after Christmas to pick up his goods in West Palm Beach.

“He was able to fit four of the African antelope shoulder mounts into his Lincoln, including a large oryx, a big nyala, a prize lechwe, and a smaller puku,” says the insider. “The fifth, an enormous sable, [went] into the back seat.”

We hear Speck inquired about other mounts up for grabs and he was offered an 8 1/2 foot stuffed alligator that was sold several years ago but never picked up by the buyer. 

“Negotiations are already underway as to how this trophy could make his way 1,000 miles north to El Dorado,” says the source.

El Dorado is comprised of three manses — the Guest House, the Main House, the Animal House — and a barn, with the entire property placed into a Living Trust as The Gregory Speck House Museum of History, Natural History, and Culture. 

All 400 taxidermy mounts are on permanent display inside Animal House.

Speck, who is not a hunter, previously told the NY Times that he once dreamed of owning a zoo and considers his  collection “an educational zoological display.”  

Guilfoyle paid  $3.4 million for Speck’s place at the Beresford in 2015, and dramatically transformed the place from its former taxidermy glory.

This post first appeared on Nypost.com

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