The collection houses about 120,000 specimens representing 1,800 species of mammals from all major groups. There are 100 primary type specimens (holo-, lecto- and neotypes) and 500 paratypes; including those of extinct species.
Unique Features of the Collection
- The focus of the collection are small mammals, especially shrews and bats, of the Palearctic and Africa. Of special international significance are the African collections, together with the museums in Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
- The Bat Banding Centre archives data relating to the banding and band retrieval of bats in Germany and adjacent regions going back to 1932.
- The animal sound collection with a focus on "terrestrial carnivores" (Fissipedia) and a related collection of larynxes, specifically of cats.