The mammal collection, with current holdings of more than 48,000 specimens, is the largest of its kind in the Central Gulf region and among the 20 largest in the nation. It contains 26 holotypes (specimens representing species new to science).

The collection includes representatives of nearly all mammal species from the Southeastern United States. Neotropical species are also well represented, with large collections of bats and rodents primarily from Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica. We recently adopted an orphaned collection from Tulane, which greatly strengthened our holdings of mammals from the Southeastern and Southwestern U.S., but also contains extensive material from Southeast Asia. Our most recent acquisitions are dominated by specimens from tropical Africa and Southeast Asia.

Collections data are available through the VertNet and iDigBio portals.

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Orthogeomys hispidus

Jake Esselstyn, Curator
Mark S. Hafner, Curator Emeritus
Steve Cardiff, Collections Manager

Ways to Give to Mammalogy

Donate online and select the Alfred L Gardner & Mark S. Hafner Mammalogy Fund.

If you would like to mail a donation, make checks payable to the LSU Foundation and denote Alfred L Gardner & Mark S. Hafner Mammalogy Fund in the memo field. Mail check to:

LSU Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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