The historical vertebrate collection comes mainly from the 19th century. The majority of the collection consists of habitus preparations of birds from all continents. Numerous species are represented in a few copies each. The mammalian collection has essentially only been built up since 1980.
Today the scientific requirements and our own research determine the profile of the collection.
The concept of the collection includes the securing and preservation of vertebrates found dead with long-term preservation obligations. However, it also takes into account special collections of materials according to the requirements of current research projects.
Particularly noteworthy are extensive series of skulls and skeletons of native carnivores and small mammals, as well as population series of bird skeletons.