Participating Institutions

Participating institutions are committed to collaborating to achieve the following objectives:

Collections secured and accessible physically and virtually for research

Data from specimens in collections accessible and used for managing collections, research and decision-making

Research on collections and associated data addresses issues of national and global relevance

Collections and associated research provide services to identify natural science specimens for a range of stakeholders including in the agriculture, health, environmental management and academic sectors

Collections used for serving broader society through education, citizen science and public understanding projects with emphasis on inspiring young scientists and promoting South Africa’s unique biodiversity assets.

ARC (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry) 

Plant Protection Research Institute
MAIN COLLECTIONS
Entomology, Arachnida, Acari, Nematodes, Fungi

Onderstepoort Veterinary Research
MAIN COLLECTIONS
Ticks, Helminths, Disease Vectors

DITSONG National Museum of Natural History 

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals, Birds, Herpetology, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, General Entomology, Invertebrates, Archaeozoology, Palaeontology

Iziko Museum (Natural History)

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals, Birds, Herpetology, Fish, Marine Invertebrates, Terrestrial Invertebrates and Entomology, Palaeontology

KwaZulu-Natal Museum 

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Entomology, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Malacology, Oligochaetes

National Museum 

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals, Birds, Herpetology, Entomology, Arachnida, Acari, Herbarium

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

MAIN COLLECTIONS
National Herbarium, Compton Herbarium, KZN Herbarium

South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Fish, Amphibia, Marine Invertebrates, Diatoms

Albany Museum

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Birds, Entomology, Freshwater Invertebrates, Palaeontology, Herbarium

Amatole Museum

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals

East London Museum

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Birds, Marine Invertebrates, Malacology, Tortoises

Port Elizabeth Museum (Bayworld)

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Marine Mammals, Herpetology, Otoliths, Cephalopod Beaks

McGregor Museum

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals, Birds, Herpetology, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Archaeozoology, Herbarium

Durban Natural Science Museum

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Mammals, Birds, Herpetology, Entomology

University of Kwazulu Natal

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Bews Herbarium

University of Cape Town

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Bolus Herbarium

University of Witwatersrand

MAIN COLLECTIONS
CE Moss Herbarium, Zoology Museum, Palaeontology

University of Witwatersrand

MAIN COLLECTIONS
Evolutionary Studies Institute