Collection Policy for General Use

The Florida Museum has a general policy for all collections found here. This is an extensive document that should answer any questions about use of the Mammalogy Collection. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Destructive Sampling Policy

The Mammalogy collection of the Florida Museum of Natural History recognizes the needs of the research community to use specimens in our care. In light of new technology, we must balance the future availability of this valuable biological material with potential yield of information that benefits research and is in the public interest. Therefore, we have established specific guidelines for destructive sampling of museum study specimens. This is in addition to our general loan policy for removal of specimens from the Mammal Collection at Florida Museum of Natural History.

Examples of requests we have received include excising skin samples for various biomolecular investigations, systematic and otherwise; removing tufts of hair from dried specimens, muscle or tissue samples from fluid specimens; and sectioning bones and teeth for aging and stable isotope studies. Our policy is consistent with those of other national museums. You can download our policy and request form below in  PDF format. If you wish to sample specimens from the Florida Museum, please fill out the request form and return it to us.

Download the Destructive Sampling Policy.