Natural History Museum Of Zimbabwe

Mammalogy

Mammalogy – Is the study of mammals derived from the Latin “mamma” meaning teat.

Mammalogy
Clawless Otter in the Matopos, Zimbabwe
Tsitsi Maponga
Tsitsi Maponga

The mammal collection dates back to 1907. By the late 1950s the collection had grown to one of the largest and diverse collections in the Southern Hemisphere and eight largest in the world. It holds over 100 000 specimens from the Southern African region.

Many specimens were added to the collection including the skins of many large antelope, giraffe and zebra by the Department of Game and Fisheries, the Department of National Parks and the Department of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control.

Most of the research in the early years was directed at the ecology and distribution of mammal species of the sub-region resulting in many major publications and books.

More recent work has been on the taxonomic and systematic aspects of the collection.The department assists various local and international institutions in taxonomic research. It also assists the general public, tertiary students, visiting researchers, professional guides and hunters, as well as agriculturists.

The walk-through Livingstone Sango-Moyo Gallery was named after one of the former taxidermists in the department. It includes a variety of mammals and birds with their natural settings. It is one of the highlights of the museum.

Beyond this is the Mammals Gallery where a variety of panoramas display various aspects of Zimbabwe’s rich mammal heritage.

Current And Future Research

Ms Tsitsi Maponga is the present Curator and her work includes computerising the collection as well as working on the Elephant Shrews.

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David Reason
David Reason
26/01/2021
This is a fabulous treasure for Zimbabwe with around 7 separate galleries of very well presented exhibits such as geology, entomology, herpetology, African mammals, colonial history, local African tribes, astronomy, humankind and mycology (fungi). It also houses hundreds of thousands of specimens in around 10 Collections, including arachnids, Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), birds, snakes, plants and fungi - these Collections can be seen but by appointment only. The museum staff are pleasant and knowledgeable. There is an onsite café to pick up a snack or two and a public library of really interesting natural history books. There is also good info on the two World Heritage sites managed by the museum, these being the Matobo World View site and the Khami Ruins which are also magical places to go and visit!
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Angel Bert
05/12/2020
It was lovely experience
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Fritz Madida
Fritz Madida
03/12/2020
Most fascinating collection of historical artefacrs
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CLIVE SIBANDA J
26/11/2020
Thank you for the important information
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Thabo Pricel
22/11/2020
Amaze balls
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Nkosinathi Mdudo
07/11/2020
Such an amazing experience
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