The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
Link to Leibniz Association
The Section of Mammalogy was founded in 1936. First curator was Heinrich Wolf, followed by Ernst von Lehmann, Fritz Dieterlen, Günter Nobis, Rainer Hutterer and Gustav Peters.
Today, Jan Decher (small mammals) and Eva Bärmann (large mammals) are curators of the mammal collection. Please send any inquiries to the appropriate curator. Requests for invasive sampling should follow our guidelines:
Associated with the Section is the Bat Banding Centre.
Staff of the Mammal Section participate in the Master's programm OEP at Uni Bonn by giving a lecture series (during summer semester) and practical course (during winter semester) on the "Evolution of Mammals" .
The lecture series provides an overview of the worldwide diversity of mammals, including their phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history. In the practical, hands-on work with collection specimens will provide more in-depth knowledge about the topics covered in the lecture, with a special focus on adaptations of mammals to their respective environment.
Focus of the scientific mammal collections are small mammals of the Palearctic and Africa, but there are also important collections from South America and East Asia.
The collection houses about 120,000 specimens representing 1,800 species of mammals. There are 100 primary type specimens (holo-, lecto- and neotypes) and 500 paratypes; including those of extinct species.
We constantly work on digitization of our collection. The digital catalogue can be found here: https://collections.zfmk.de/.
All ZFMK-vertebrate collections are supported by the collection manager.