ASU Natural History Specimens on Display at TGC Library
October 18, 2018
A prominent exhibit of preserved specimens from the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC) is now on display and open for free public viewing in the Stephens Central Library in downtown San Angelo.
Housed in the library’s Ela C. Sugg Exhibit Area, the ASU exhibit is titled “Why Our Museums Matter” and will be on display through the end of October. It provides a glimpse of the many specimens housed at the ASNHC, with these specimens on display:
- Mammals – foxes, ringtail, squirrels, opossum, hedgehog
- Birds – ducks, quail, grackles, blackbirds
- Reptiles – chameleon, turtles, lizards
- Amphibians – salamander, frogs
- Insects – beetles, grasshoppers
- Plants – native cacti, shrubs and other flowering plants
- Animal Skulls – Rambouillet sheep, African lion, American alligator, sabretooth tiger
Written interpretive materials are also included to engage and elevate visitors’ experience of the exhibited specimens and to explain more about the ASNHC and its mission.
Library hours to view the ASU exhibit are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The exhibit is also a promotion for the upcoming ASNHC Open House that will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the ASU Cavness Science Building and is also open free to the public.
The ASNHC are maintained by the ASU Department of Biology and contain more than 150,000 specimens of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants from the Concho Valley, other regions of Texas, many other states, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia and even the Galápagos Islands. The collections aid student and faculty research projects, are used as teaching tools, and have been viewed by thousands of K-12 students through special guided tours.
In 2012, ASU was awarded a $480,865 grant from the National Science Foundation to modernize and digitize the ASNHC and make all the specimens available to researchers and educators around the globe on worldwide online databases. The project was completed in July 2016.