The mammalogy collection consists of about 22,600 catalogued specimens (approximately 21,500 skeletal specimens, 13,500 associated skins, and 1700 wet-preserved specimens). Among these are 180 holotypes. According to a survey published in 1987 by the American Society of Mammalogists the collection ranks 23rd in number of specimens and 6th in number of holotypes among mammal collections in North America.

The taxonomic and geographic scope of the collection is exceptional, especially considering its relatively small size. Taxonomic strengths include carnivores, bovids, and primates. The geographic distribution of specimen localities generally reflect the major collecting expeditions. The collections from Tibet, Central America and Indonesia are particularly unique and scientifically valuable. Specimens from across the U.S. are well represented, particularly the New Jersey / Pennsylvania / Delaware area. Many North American taxa, especially large carnivores, are from localities where those animals no longer occur.

Researchers interested in the collection should consult the loan policy and loan agreement page. Contact people for the department are Ned Gilmore, Collections Manager ( and Ted Daeschler, Associate Curator ( Written queries should be addressed to either of these two at:

Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195