Mammal Collection

Our collection belongs to the ten largest and richest collections of Europe, with more than 40,000 specimens, representing 1,660 species.  The library of the collection holds more than 1600 books, complemented by nearly 20.000 reprints and full series of the most important mammalogical journals.
In addition to the traditional dry skin, skull and liquid-preserved materials we possess osteological, bacular, hair sample, frozen tissue sample, owl-pellet collections. The number of our mounted species exceeds the 1,200. In regard to the families horseshoe bat (Rhinolophidae) and vesper bat (Vespertilonidae), our collection is acknowledged worldwide. The most represented geographical areas apart from the Carpathian Basin, are the South-east Asian and East African regions.

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Staff
Curator: Tamás Görföl
Preparators: Tamás Antal, Imre Izsák
Volunteer: Mária Ronkayné Tóth


Size of the collection
Number of specimens: 41,300
Number of species: 1,660
Types: 59 taxa, 203 specimens

Remarkable natural scientists and collections

Carpathian Basin:
Frigyes Cerva, Antal Kocyan, György Rainer, Károly Kunszt, Lajos Méhely, János Szunyoghy, Ottó Wágner, György Topál, Ferenc Mészáros.

Exotic mammals:
János Xántus (North America and Southeast Asia), Lajos Bíró (New Guinea), Kálmán Kittenberger (East Africa), János Szunyoghy (Tanzania), József Hidasi (Brazilia), György Hangay (Australia), György Topál (India and Vietnam), András Demeter (Ethiopia and Nigeria), Gábor Csorba (Southeast Asia).

Trophy collections:
György Almásy (Turkestan), Mátyás Gajdács (Ethiopia), Herbert Nadler (red deer trophy collection on which the Nadler scoring system of antlers was based); Zsigmond Széchenyi (East Africa), Endre Nagy (Tanzania), Iván Halász (North America and Africa), István Kölcsey (worldwide), Béla Hidvégi (worldwide).

 Honorable former researchers: János Petényi, Lajos Méhely, Gyula Éhik, János Szunyoghy, György Topál, András Demeter, Gábor Csorba.

Availability

Complete information of the specimens is recorded in our digital database and available at our location. 

The collection is open for visitors by appointment only.
Collection materials are available for scientific examination for external researchers.
To discuss your request please contact our curator at the following address: gorfol.tamas@nhmus.hu.

On-site examination

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