Our Biological Sciences collections encompass a diverse range of fauna from parasites to whales. Over three million animal specimens have been collected in the last 150 years through systematic surveys and collecting trips, donations and acquisitions. In more recent years these collections have been augmented by what is now the largest tissue collection in the Southern Hemisphere. Our collections focus on South Australia and serve as our library of life. They allow us to examine the diversity and distribution of South Australian fauna and the changes in their circumstances over time.
A number of these collections can now be accessed online. If you would like to find out more about our collections you can access the Atlas of Living Australia here.
All animals collected by scientists for the Museum are collected under scientific collecting permits. These permits stipulate well-established guidelines to ensure that all animals are killed humanely and that restricted numbers of specimens are taken that will not impact on natural populations. Read more information on the ethical animal research guidelines.