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Search for an individual specimen using a search engine that accesses the museums Past Perfect 5.0 Database or 

Find out about the different groups in the collection e.g. mammals, birds, crustaceans, fossils, etc.

The UWIZM collections contain 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. 

The specimens come from several sources:

  • The Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA) - the precursor to UWI St, Augustine
  • The University of the West Indies (UWI) - staff and students from the Department of Life Sciences
  • National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad & Tobago (NMTT) - natural history specimens not on display in the museum
  • Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)
  • Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
  • Members of the public donating specimens 
  • Foreign research scientists donating specimens they collect whilst working in Trinidad & Tobago

Who works with the collections?

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. 

Where are the collections stored?

The collections are split into three parts – The Zoology Room, The Land Arthropod Room (sometimes known as the Insect Room) and The Teaching Collection. Specimens are organized taxonomically according to the latest research.

The Zoology Room

This room contains approximately 10,000 specimens consisting of vertebrates and non-insect invertebrates. 

There are several rows of shelving containing the spirit collections and a variety of cupboards, metal cabinets and drawers housing the dried specimens. 

The Land Arthropod Room

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 60,000 specimens housed in a range of metal and wooden cabinets and open shelving with a selection of drawers and specimens out on display.

The 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 major animal groups.

Collecting Policy

To see the UWI Zoology Museum Collection Policy please click here

Last updated 21 June 2018

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