The zoology collections contain over 140,000 specimens representing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mollusks. The museum's collections of vertebrate skeletons and fresh water mollusks are among the most extensive of their type in the U. S. They include large series for many Midwestern species and constitute one of the best comparative collections in the country for the identification of animal remains from archaeological, paleontological, and contemporary forensic contexts.
The research collections and databases are of international value and are consulted by scientists and scholars of cultural and natural history throughout the world. The ISM Loan Program is designed to acheive maximum accessibility to the collections.
You can learn about the ISM Zoology collections on our collections page.