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.

Visiting the Collection

The Burke Museum is moving to a brand new facility! In order to pack and prepare, the mammalogy collections are currently closed. 

We greatly appreciate the community's patience while we move our collections to their new home. The New Burke will open to the public in late 2019. Follow the progress here!

Contact during the move: Jeff Bradley

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)

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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