To arrange loans, schedule visits, or request collection data, please contact collections manager Neftali Camacho (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information, including our loan policy, can be found on the Collections page.
Yes, we welcome dedicated, hard-working volunteers with a passion for organisms and the natural world. Volunteers work alongside research staff on numerous aspects of specimen preparation, collection care, and public programs. If you are interested in volunteering in the section or elsewhere in the museum, see the Volunteer page. For more information about volunteering in Herpetology, contact Neftali Camacho (email@example.com).
Yes, we welcome donations of amphibians, reptiles, and material associated with their collection and study (e.g., audio or video recordings, photographs, field notes, etc.). Donations may be preserved specimens or unpreserved material, such as frozen carcasses (e.g., roadkill), that will be prepared by museum staff and/or volunteers. Donated material will be incorporated into the Museum collection and be available for research, education, and/or exhibit as appropriate for the material and the goals of the Museum.
Critically, the collection of most wildlife, including reptiles and amphibians, is heavily regulated. Collections should only be made with the appropriate permits and/or licenses. All donations of recently collected specimens must include copies of permits or other documentation of legal collection or salvage.
The research value of specimens depends in large part on the quality of associated collection data. Ideally, donated specimens should include the following information:
Deceased pets will not be accepted as donations unless the specimen represents a species that is rare in museum collections.