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University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum

Madison, Wisconsin    USA

Using Museum Resources for Research


Qualified researchers and educators may request loans from the museum.  The museum can also facilitate incoming loans to the museum from other institutions.  The museum has established a loan policy establishing procedures and guidelines for requesting loans.

Visits to the Collection:

For use of specimens in the Museum, please telephone (608) 262-3766 or email, so the registrar can arrange a work space and make available the needed specimens. Planning ahead for such use is requested, since numerous courses are scheduled for specimen study in the same laboratory space.

Off-campus loans of many of the cataloged specimens may be arranged for research study when a visit to Madison is not possible. Requests for loans should state clearly the nature of the need and the use to be made of the specimens. Application should be made in writing to the Director, (608) 265-2547.

Museum collection hours are:
     8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
     Closed July and August.

Museum staff research efforts:

  • Habitat selection and utilization by marmots.

  • Salvage collection of carcasses from the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, for osteological studies

  • Ongoing studies of wolf-dog hybridization trends in Wisconsin and Minnesota and wolf osteopathology

Elizabeth Pillaert in the Galapagos
Paula Holahan in Cascade Mountains
E. Elizabeth Pillaert, Curator of Osteology and her assistant Jokull Bergmann identifying specimens in the Galapagos Islands
(photo by Paula A.I. Landers).
Paula M. Holahan, Curator of Mammals and Birds, at a marmot habitat study site in the Cascade Mountains.
(photo by Michael P. Holahan)



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