About our wildlife collection

The Australian National Wildlife Collection is a significant resource on Australia's biodiversity, aiding the study, classification and documentation of Australia's mammals, birds and reptiles.

  • Aim of our wildlife collection

    Our collection is a vital archive for research and conservation of Australia's terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity.

  • What our wildlife collection holds

    We hold almost 200 000 irreplaceable scientific specimens of wildlife, including skins, skeletons, specimens in spirit, bird egg collections, a wildlife sound library and frozen tissue.

  • Our wildlife sound archive

    Our archive of wildlife sound recordings is the most comprehensive library of its kind in Australia and is among the largest in the world.

  • History of our wildflife collection

    For over 50 years, we have strived to be a modern collection of national scope for Australian land vertebrates including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.


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