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The Collections


The collections consist of a wide range of specimens from all over Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean and South American region. There are specimens from all the major animal groups and some geological and archaeological objects as well.

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Who works with the collections?

Amongst others the collections are used in teaching as part of practical labs; by students, staff and the public trying to identify specimens; by researchers from around the world studying a particular group of animals and by art students looking for inspiration. Below are some of the people who have worked with the collections recently:

USC Interns

PLU Interns

UWI Undergraduate students


Where are the collections stored?

Currently the collections are split into three parts – The Zoology Room, The Land Arthropod Room and The Teaching Collection. Specimens are organized taxonomically according to the latest research.


The Zoology Room

UWI Zoology Museum

This room contains approximately 10,000 specimens consisting of vertebrate and non-insect invertebrates.. There are several rows of shelving containing the spirit collections and a variety of cupboard, metal cabinets and drawers housing the dried specimens.


The Land Arthropod Room

UWI Zoology Museum Insects

This room contains all the insect specimens both dried and in spirit. It also houses the much smaller Arachnid and Myriapod collections. There are approximately 50,000 specimens housed in a range of metal and wooden cabinets and open shelving with a selection of drawers and specimens out on display.

The specimens come from four main collections the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), The University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) and CAB International.


The Teaching Collection

Teaching collection

This part of the collection is housed mainly in Labs 1 & 2 but parts are moved around depending on teaching requirements. Many of these specimens are used for handling or dissection. They include representatives of all of the above groups.

Collecting Policy

To see the UWI Zoology Museum Collection Policy please click here