New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science




Preserving nature’s history in research collections

On display in the atrium through July 2014
Natural history collections allow researchers to go back in time and see a glimpse of New Mexico’s natural world of the past. They also help us understand how to conserve the state’s beautiful wildlife for the future. Displaying real research specimens, from the only Southwestern River Otter ever collected in New Mexico to newly-discovered species from White Sands National Monument, this exhibit illustrates the importance of research collections to conservation efforts in our state.
This exhibit is a collaboration between the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico ( The exhibit was conceived and designed by Bethany Abrahamson, graduate student in the Department of Biology at UNM.

Photo courtesy of Phil Tonne.