The Museum of Zoology in Dresden, with more than 6 million specimens, is one of the approximately 10 large zoological collections of Germany. The Dresden collections originate from all over the globe, and their international significance is due not least to the abundance of name-bearing types represented (holotypes, lectotypes and syntypes of some 15,000 species and subspecies; if paratypes and paralectotypes are considered, about 53,000 type specimens).
Our research is mainly embedded in the research area Biodiversity and Systematics. Other research includes morphological and ecological aspects of Rodents and Carnivora (eg.. Castor fiber, Lutra lutra, Felis silvestris).
Work based on material in the collection in Dresden as well as on the local fauna of Saxony include some projects like geographic variation in skull morphology of different species of shrews (morphometric studies), ecology of small mammals in different regions at different altitudes of Sxony.
The mammalogical collection has a long tradition. The oldest still preserved specimens are from the first half of the 19th century. The collection houses more than 26.000 specimens of more than 1.200 species, skulls, skeletons, skins, trophies and some material in alcohol.