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The natural history museum at Tel Aviv University houses one of the largest collections of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) in Asia, and is the largest such collection in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. The collections house over 165,000 specimens representing approximately 3,500 species and have a world wide geographic coverage, with a main focus on Israeli species and localities: around 80% of the total specimens with locality data are from Israel.

The Tel Aviv Zoological Museum Fish Collection includes species from Israel and the surrounding area, collected since the1940s. The collection also holds species collected by Israeli and foreign scientists during Israeli research expeditions to the southern Red Sea area and the Seychelles.

The Tel Aviv Zoological Museum invertebrate collection is one of the largest and most diverse collections in our region. It comprises over 100,000 samples from Israel and abroad, including representatives of over 50 classes of invertebrates (excluding the insect collection, which is represented separately on this site).


The Tel Aviv Zoological Museum insect collection was created around 1960 by the late Prof. J. Kugler, who served as its curator until 1980, when A. Freidberg replaced him. For about 15 years the collection was held on the TAU campus at Abu-Kabir, south Tel Aviv, before being transferred in 1974 to the Ramat Aviv campus.


The molecular systematics collection at Tel Aviv Zoological Museum was established in 1998 to answer the growing need for tissue samples for molecular studies. The collection is dedicated to tetrapods of the Levant region and currently includes more than 1,000 samples, which have voucher specimens in the tetrapod collection. These tissues are used in various conservation, population genetics, and phylogenetics studies.
The samples are stored either as frozen tissue, or as non-frozen tissue in ethanol.