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Recent Mammals Collection


The scientific collection of recent mammals of IBER-BAS is descendent from the collection of Royal Natural History Institutes created in 1918. The collection represents the largest and unique assembly of specimens of recent small mammals from Bulgaria. The collection contains more than 22,000 samples - 16,000 skulls, 5,400 skins and dozens of complete skeletons from 52 small mammal species of the orders Eulipotyphla (Insectivora), Lagomorpha, Rodentia and Carnivora. It is the most valuable and representing specimen-based source of information related to mammal’s diversity in Bulgaria.

The mammal’s collection at IBER-BAS is available for scientific and educational purposes to all researchers and visitors. It is necessary however to book a visit in advance at the curator’s office stating the taxonomic group of interest as well as the type of specimens to be studied or examined. Scientific institutions or departments can borrow skulls for measurements with a formal request to the curator. Any shipping cost should be covered by the requestor.

Address of collection:
IBER-BAS (Base 2)
1 Bul. Tsar Osvoboditel
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Assoc. Prof. Tsenka Chassovnikarova

Biologist Maria Kocheva