Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Natural History Collections at the Draper Natural History Museum
Collections of the Draper Natural History Museum are used for public education, exhibits, and research. Our collection documents the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the relationship between humans and nature.
Vertebrate Zoology Collections
Our scientific specimens are primarily study skins and skeletal material representing the classes Aves and Mammalia. Within Aves, Accipitridae, Falconidae, and Strigidae are particularly well-represented. Within Mammalia, skulls of Canidae and Ursidae are well-represented, especially skulls of gray wolves (Canis lupus) from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our web access platform is currently under construction, but soon you will be able to access images and limited data online. In the meantime, if you would like to request information about our holdings, please e-mail Bonnie Smith.
Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds Archive
The Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds Archive (GYSSA) is a digital collection of photographs, videos, and sound recordings of life in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Development of the GYSSA is supported in part by the R.K. Mellon Family Foundation.
The archive features wildlife and landscapes, as well as interviews with individuals connected with important conservation issues in the region. The archive access platform is still under construction, but will soon be available to search online. In the meantime, if you would like to request information about our holdings, please e-mail Bonnie Smith.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Exhibit and Education Collections
Our collections include taxidermy mounts, skins, skeletal material, paleontological and geological specimens, and still and moving images for use in our gallery exhibits and in interpretive programs. Many of these are on display in our Greater Yellowstone Adventure exhibit galleries. For additional information, please e-mail Bonnie Smith.