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About the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoological Museum Collection

About University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoology Museum Collectio The University of Wisconsin–Madison Zoological Museum provides support of zoological research within the Department of Zoology, throughout the state and region, nationally and internationally by collecting, curating and managing, and making available for research study and university instruction collections of approximately 500,000 zoological specimens. One of the unique collections at the museum is that of the skeletons, slides, pictures, books, and research papers associated with the Galápagos Islands.

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The Galapagos Collection

The Galapagos Collection The collection of Galápagos materials that includes anatomical specimens, images, and papers at the UW-Madison Zoological Museum (UWZM) is unique and rare. Since 1978, UWZM has been one of only 3 museums granted permission by the Ecuadorian Government to collect, preserve, transport, and maintain scientific anatomical specimens from the Galápagos Islands. Ten expeditions since 1969 to the Galápagos by UW-Madison scientists and researchers have produced a wealth of invaluable museum specimens: approximately 669 complete and 675 partial skeletons. In addition these expeditions have produced thousands of images and papers that up until now have not been preserved in any format.

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