The zoology collection numbers around 1.2 million specimens. These are split between Invertebrate Zoology (insects|, arachnids|, shells| and others) and Vertebrate Zoology (birds|, mammals|, reptiles|, amphibians| and fish|).

The vertebrate collections include approximately 79,000 specimens and are rich in specimens over a hundred years old. However, significant early invertebrate holdings were largely destroyed in May 1941 during the blitz. The subsequent proactive acquisition of specimens has allowed the museum to assemble a nationally important, relatively modern collection of around 1.1 million insects and other invertebrates. The vertebrate collections have also expanded in modern times.

Collection areas