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Z is for… Zoology [ABC Sundae]

Z is for... Zoology [ABC Sundae]The Hunterian Museum‘s zoological collections are one of the “hidden” museums around campus (the Anatomy Museum in the Thompson Building is probably the most elusive one). Hidden in the Graham Kerr Building since 1923, the Zoology Museum is packed full of a large variety of animal life (dead and alive), and also includes areas for teaching and studying.

The original specimens in the zoological collections come from the private collections of William Hunter and were mostly composed of shells, insects and corals. The collections have been substantially extended over the years. The insect collections are especially extensive, with drawers upon drawers upon display cabinets full of insects and invertebrates, again both dead and alive. When I say extensive, I mean extensive, because some 90% of the roughly 600,000 specimens in the Zoology Museum are insect specimens.

It’s well worth an elongated visit, as there really is a wealth of stuff to see. I’ve paid the museum three visits so far and only on the third visit did I notice that there are live specimens in some of the display cases (except for the iguana at the entrance to the museum, which is quite hard to miss. Wait, was it two iguanas? I forget.), as well as dead insects in the pull-out drawers.

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