Established in 1894, the Mammal Collection is worldwide in scope. It contains more than 230,000 specimens and is one of the most heavily used mammal collections in the world. A total of 540 primary type specimens have been catalogued.Learn more about Mammal Collection
The Mammals Collection at The Field Museum contains more than 230,000 preserved specimens representing all orders and all but one extant family (the monotypic bat family Craseonycteridae) and is worldwide in scope, with strong geographic representation from the Neotropics, Afrotropics, Indo-Malay, Nearctic, and Palearctic regions.
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Resident staff support an active program of research, curation, and education with assistance from honorary associates, students, and volunteers. We currently pursue research programs in Africa (including Madagascar), Asia, North America, and South America in active collaboration with colleagues in each of those areas. Our research often results in the discovery of new species, generates new information on the ecology and evolution of mammalian biodiversity, and leads to more effective protection of threatened species.
Software and Digital Products
A website describing the NSF-funded biodiversity surveys of Manu National Park in Peru, led by Bruce Patterson and Douglas Stotz.
An Internet adaptation of the book by the same name, written by Larry Heaney and Jacinto Regalado.
An Internet adaptation of Fieldiana, Zoology, New Series, No. 88 (1998) by Larry Heaney and colleagues.
An interactive key in English and Swahili to the Mammals of Tanzania by Bill Stanley.
Virtual tours with:
- Bill Stanley on the Division's collections (2003)
- Bruce Patterson on woodland lions in Kenya (2005)
- Larry Heaney on Philippine small mammals (2007)
- Fencing parks to save lions
- Taxonomy serving conservation
- Mammals of Tanzania
- 7 New Mammals
- Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo
- Surveys in the Peruvian Andes
Carl Akeley worked at The Field Museum from 1896 to 1909, collecting and mounting animals for the Museum's exhibitions. While working at The Field Museum he pioneered a number of advancements in the field of taxidermy. Among them was a method of sculpting the underlying mannequin that gives all of his work its perfectly lifelike appearance. Akeley was also ground breaking in posing animals in accurate recreations of their natural habitats. Akeley's brilliant work can still be seen today in a number of The Field Museum's exhibitions.