Research & Collections

Living Collections

Emerald Tree Boa - photo by Andy KaufmanThe Museum maintains a collection of 700-800 marine and freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles on exhibit and in backup holding areas. An additional 220 small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are used for educational programs and birthday parties. Living Collections staff prepare and load live animals for up to 15 educational programs per day with 4-8 animals per program. Each animal is carefully examined and loaded for programs and then unloaded, examined and returned to the Museum's animal care facility after each program.

Living Collections staff work 7 days per week, 365 days per year to ensure the best husbandry and medical care for the Museum's animals. Living Collections currently has a full-time staff including a veterinarian and qualified living collections curators and animal care technicians. The Museum is committed to setting the gold standard of quality animal care and always strives for excellence.


Bob Flook, Director of Living Collections

Dan Dombrowski, Chief Veterinarian

Living Collections Staff