The Museum of Zoology, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (UPRRP) began in the early 1960's. It is a repository of animals, mainly from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The most important collections that make up the museum are currently amphibians and reptiles of Puerto Rico, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, and arachnids. The Museum has approximately 60,000 specimens. Our vision is that in the coming years the museum will become a research and education center for Caribbean biodiversity, with a focus on studies of Caribbean biota, particularly diversity, biogeography and the faunal changes occurring across the region.
There are several ongoing projects at the Museum of Zoology. We are currently in the process of reorganizing the entire collection. In 2011 we began to enter specimen data in excel files with Darwin core fields, while replacing defective bottles and vials throughout the museum. We expect to publish these data online in the near future
The Museum of Zoology is a resource center that is available to the academic community and the general public. Individuals or groups who are interested in visiting should call or email for an appointment. Special arrangements can be made for visitors outside the island.
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