Mammalogy

Mammalogy Services and Policies

As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Burke Museum offers the following services through its Mammalogy Collection. If you don’t find a particular service or policy here, contact the Mammalogy Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Specimen Loans

The Burke Mammal Collection provides loans of skins, skulls, skeletons and fluid-preserved specimens to the global nonprofit research community. For more information, contact the Mammalogy Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Resource: Loan Policy (PDF)

Visiting the Collection

The Mammalogy Collection is accessible to qualified researchers and artists upon request. Appointments must be made in advance and depend on collection staff availability. For more information, contact the Mammalogy Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Specimen Identification

Mammalogy staff can attempt to identify mammals or parts of mammal specimens found by researchers or members of the public.

To request specimen identification, please email one or more photographs that show the whole individual or part to be identified, ideally alongside a ruler or another object for scale. Photographs can be emailed to the Mammalogy Collections manager. For more information, contact the Mammalogy Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Specimen Donation

The Mammal Collection sometimes accepts donations of mammal specimens, including salvaged wildlife (road or cat-kills) and hunting trophies, or other mammal material. Specimens are most useful if they include collection data, including where and when it was collected, and how it came to owner’s possession. Museum staff cannot provide monetary appraisals for any wildlife product. For inquiries about donation, contact the Mammalogy Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Volunteer Opportunities

For information about current mammalogy volunteer opportunities, visit the volunteering at the Burke page.

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