A Research Zoologist will not accept any specimens collected in violation of international, local, state, or Federal regulations or in violation of the Lacey Act or the Endangered Species Act. Information about the scope of national and international wildlife laws can be found at the USFWS site.
In order to proceed with the donation process, a signed Deed of Gift must be included with the specimens. A Deed of Gift itemizes and describes the specimens and certifies that the donor is the legal owner of said specimens and that all specimens were legally obtained.
Donating Types, Vouchers, or Specimens for Publication
We routinely accept, catalog and curate designated type specimens from all extant invertebrate taxa (except brachiopods, foraminifera, insects, myriapods, and non-marine chelicerates).
Do not send your manuscript type specimen(s) for deposit until your manuscript has been accepted for publication.
Once accepted, ship your specimens (in accordance with all US DOT, IATA and FedEx hazardous materials packing and labeling regulations) with each of the following: