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Welcome to Vertebrate Zoology

Curious about that bird you heard on your morning walk? Concerned about a rumor you heard about local wildlife preying on your pets? The Department of Vertebrate Zoology is your local resource for helping you learn about and enjoy the environment around us.

The Museum originally was founded as The Museum of Comparative Oology in 1916 and these same collections are housed within the Vertebrate Zoology Department. The historic collections contain material from as early as 1849 and have continued to grow in size and scope to now house over 40,000 specimens of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and eggs, and mammals!

The Department is always active preparing, cataloging and archiving specimens within our collections, while overseeing the animals in the exhibits. As a public resource, we value our role in answering public queries and helping scientists, students, and the private sector utilize our collections for research. Our specimens and collection data are available to researchers through our online database, through collection loans, and of course in person.

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