Museum of Zoology

Museum of Zoology

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  • The Finback whale skeleton, shown in the University of Cambridge's Museum of Zoology
    The Finback whale skeleton, shown in its home in the Whale Hall

The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals, including collections made by great naturalists of the past. Its collections include rare and extinct animals such as dodo skeletal remains from Mauritius, a great auk skin and treasures from Darwin's Beagle voyage.

The Museum, housed in the University's David Attenborough Building, features some of the geologically oldest fossil mammals, recently extinct Tasmanian thylacines and many other specimens important for scientific research today.

As well as being on display to the public the Museum’s collections, comprising two million specimens, are studied by University of Cambridge zoology undergraduates, visiting researchers and conservation scientists. The David Attenborough Building also houses the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a hub of organisations dedicated to maintaining global biodiversity and saving important habitats.

Play your part in the Museum's future

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling the University Museum of Zoology to enhance our visitors’ experience and tell the story of the wonders of animal life.

Any gift, large or small, makes a real difference in helping us to continue our work with:

  • Caring for our collections for future generations
  • Expanding our exhibitions programme
  • Developing our inspiring learning programmes
  • Increasing our work with young people and communities

Your donations help us to care for the collections for future generations and keep admission free. All of the proceeds go towards our development programmes.

You can make a gift online using a credit or debit card. Alternatively, to make a gift offline or to discuss other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lisa Sneath by telephone: +44 (0)1223 336650 or by email:

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Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

Tony Whitten in Raja Ampat, on his final voyage
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A new lectureship in Marine Biology has been created in the Department of Zoology, with the intention of strengthening the Department’s capability as a centre of excellence in the research and teaching of marine biology.
An Eastern Blue Groper (Achoerodus viridis). Image copyright Sylke Rohrlach
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A Cambridge alumna has given a 'birthday present' to the Department of Zoology, as it celebrates 150 years of zoology at the University.