The Division of Mammals houses a world-class collection of roughly 590,000 preserved specimens. This collection supports a wide range of scientific research by resident staff and associates, as well as numerous scientists who visit each year. Divisional collection management staff preserve, conserve, and document our specimens as part of the Congressionally mandated "National Collections" to ensure their accessiblity to present and future research activities.
As of February 13th, 2020 the Division of Mammals is no longer accepting loan requests (including tissue and destructive sampling requests) due to a critical staff shortage. Please monitor our website for information on when we will be able to resume accepting loan requests.