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Zoological Collection

Step into the world of zoological wonders, where nature's marvels come to life

Background imageZoological Collection: Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine

Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) in captivity at London Zoo. The species is believed to be extinct. Largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times - became extinct in 1936

Background imageZoological Collection: Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia

Franklinia alatamaha, franklinia
Drawing 1 (Ewan Frontispiece) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram

Background imageZoological Collection: Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus Critically

Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus Critically
Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus. Critically endangered.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: New Reptile House at London Zoo by G H Davis

New Reptile House at London Zoo by G H Davis
A map of the newly opened reptile house in London Zoo, detailing the layout of the exhibits. It also features diagrams demonstrating several functions of the house

Background imageZoological Collection: Binturong (Arctictis binturong)

Binturong (Arctictis binturong)
Illustration of a Binturong or Arctictis binturong or Asian Bearcat or Palawan Bearcat or Bearcat in the meadow

Background imageZoological Collection: Red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta

Red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Poster demonstrating Mendels Law in Guinea Pigs (colour litho)

Poster demonstrating Mendels Law in Guinea Pigs (colour litho)
HMB306163 Poster demonstrating Mendels Law in Guinea Pigs (colour litho) by German School; 147x100 cm; Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin

Background imageZoological Collection: Mer-People / Look-Alikes

Mer-People / Look-Alikes
A mermaid compared with the manatee at the Zoological Gardens, London

Background imageZoological Collection: Barbary lion in the New York Zoological Park

Barbary lion in the New York Zoological Park
Postcard showing " Sultan" the barbary lion in the New York Zoological Park. Date: circa 1920

Background imageZoological Collection: Luna moth, Actias luna

Luna moth, Actias luna.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, Didus ineptus, extinct

Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, Didus ineptus, extinct flightless bird.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Picture No. 11676366

Picture No. 11676366
Ostrich female at nest with eggs Date:

Background imageZoological Collection: Museum scientists holding Oarfish specimen

Museum scientists holding Oarfish specimen
Regalecus glesne. From left to right: Graham Pellow, Colin McCarthy, Prof. Philip Rainbow, Dr. Roger Lincoln, Ollie Crimmen and Sir Neil Chalmers

Background imageZoological Collection: Macleays swallowtail, Graphium macleayanus

Macleays swallowtail, Graphium macleayanus (Macleays butterfly, Papilio macleayanus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn

Background imageZoological Collection: Musk duck, Biziura lobata

Musk duck, Biziura lobata.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Elegant venus shell, Hysteroconcha dione

Elegant venus shell, Hysteroconcha dione.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Black slug, great slug, Arion ater, Limax maximus

Black slug, great slug, Arion ater, Limax maximus.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Diagnostic Radiology, X-ray of two frogs, 1896

Diagnostic Radiology, X-ray of two frogs, 1896
UIG5086339 Diagnostic Radiology, X-ray of two frogs, 1896 by Eder, Josef Maria (1855 - 1944); (add.info.: Diagnostic Radiology, X-rays X-ray of two frogs, 1896)

Background imageZoological Collection: Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus. 1800 (engraving)

Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus. 1800 (engraving)
7235353 Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus.1800 (engraving) by Edwards, George (1694-1773); Private Collection; (add.info.: Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus)

Background imageZoological Collection: Atlas moth and white witch moth. 1774 (engraving)

Atlas moth and white witch moth. 1774 (engraving)
7233246 Atlas moth and white witch moth. 1774 (engraving) by Martinet, Francois Nicolas (1731-1800); Private Collection; (add.info.: Atlas moth, Attacus atlas (China) and white witch moth

Background imageZoological Collection: ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration)

ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration)
7206958 ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration) by French School, (20th century); 25, 5x17, 10 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: S: Serin, ALPHABET OF BIRDS for)

Background imageZoological Collection: Keeper Collins on a lawn at London Zoo with a Clouded Rock Iguana on a lead, London Zoo

Keeper Collins on a lawn at London Zoo with a Clouded Rock Iguana on a lead, London Zoo
2921582 Keeper Collins on a lawn at London Zoo with a Clouded Rock Iguana on a lead, London Zoo, 1924 (b/w photo) by Bond

Background imageZoological Collection: The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)

The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)
2646269 The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageZoological Collection: Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul Near threatened

Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul Near threatened
Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul. Near threatened.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor

Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos minor

Lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos minor.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Black swan, Cygnus stratus

Black swan, Cygnus stratus.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageZoological Collection: Balloon ascent on Queen Victorias birthday

Balloon ascent on Queen Victorias birthday

Background imageZoological Collection: Lisbon, Portugal - Entrance to the Zoological Gardens

Lisbon, Portugal - Entrance to the Zoological Gardens Date: circa 1910s

Background imageZoological Collection: Indian Elephant in London Zoo 1896

Indian Elephant in London Zoo 1896
Jung Perchard the Indian elephant was presented to Prince of Wales (Edward VII), during the shooting expeditions in Indian twenty years before in 1876

Background imageZoological Collection: Guineafowl and bustards. 1839 (engraving)

Guineafowl and bustards. 1839 (engraving)
7233874 Guineafowl and bustards. 1839 (engraving) by Travies, Edouard (1809-c.1865) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Helmeted guineafowl, Numida meleagris 1, little bustard, Tetrax tetrax 2)

Background imageZoological Collection: Children riding elephants at Zoological Gardens 1896

Children riding elephants at Zoological Gardens 1896
Children riding on the elephants at Zoological Gardens, (London Zoo). Date: 1896

Background imageZoological Collection: Pied currawong, Strepera graculina

Pied currawong, Strepera graculina (Noisy crow, Corvus strepera). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological Miscellany

Background imageZoological Collection: Pallas mastiff bat, Vespertilio molossus

Pallas mastiff bat, Vespertilio molossus. Vespertilio molossus Pall. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Johann Sebastian Leitner after an illustration by Jacques de Seve from Johann Christian

Background imageZoological Collection: Lesser false vampire bat, Megaderma spasma

Lesser false vampire bat, Megaderma spasma. Vespertilio spasma Linn. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Hermann Jakob Tyroff from Johann Christian Daniel Schrebers Animal Illustrations after

Background imageZoological Collection: Monitor lizard, Varanus species

Monitor lizard, Varanus species. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andreas Hoffer after an illustration by Johann Christoph Keller from Georg Wolfgang Knorrs Deliciae Naturae Selectae of Kabinet

Background imageZoological Collection: Ostrich, Struthio camelus

Ostrich, Struthio camelus. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andreas Hoffer after an illustration by Johann Christoph Keller from Georg Wolfgang Knorrs Deliciae Naturae Selectae of Kabinet van

Background imageZoological Collection: Mushroom coral species

Mushroom coral species: Amaranthus saxeus 1, Meandrina meandrites 2, Eschara retiformis 3, and Fungia fungites 4. (Amaranthus saxeus, Madrepora meandrites, Eschara retiformis, Madrepora fungites)

Background imageZoological Collection: From the forest to the laid table (colour litho)

From the forest to the laid table (colour litho)
2778188 From the forest to the laid table (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: From the forest to the laid table)

Background imageZoological Collection: Page 78. Eastern Curlew (w / c on paper)

Page 78. Eastern Curlew (w / c on paper)
5670972 Page 78. Eastern Curlew (w/c on paper) by Unknown artist, (18th century); Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales; (add.info.: Volume 04: Zoology of N. [New] Holland etc)

Background imageZoological Collection: Elephant Ride - London Zoological Gardens, Regents Park

Elephant Ride - London Zoological Gardens, Regents Park Date: circa 1905

Background imageZoological Collection: Surrey Zoological Gardens, Walworth, London, England. Engraving after the drawing

Surrey Zoological Gardens, Walworth, London, England. Engraving after the drawing by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. In about 1830 Edward Cross kept his menagerie here

Background imageZoological Collection: African Elephant and Zoo Keeper

African Elephant and Zoo Keeper at the London Zoological Gardens in Regents Park

Background imageZoological Collection: American Crow, Corvus Americanus, 1845

American Crow, Corvus Americanus, 1845
American Crow, Corvus Americanus. From The Birds of America by John J. Audubon. Pub. 1827-1838 (colour lithograph)

Background imageZoological Collection: Male blackcap

Male blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched on a pine tree branch. Photographed in Israel in October

Background imageZoological Collection: Entire skeleton of condor, showing the relative positions of the chief bones (engraving)

Entire skeleton of condor, showing the relative positions of the chief bones (engraving)
8666734 Entire skeleton of condor, showing the relative positions of the chief bones (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Entire skeleton of condor)

Background imageZoological Collection: Forms of spermatozoa, not drawn to scale (engraving)

Forms of spermatozoa, not drawn to scale (engraving)
8666732 Forms of spermatozoa, not drawn to scale (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Forms of spermatozoa, not drawn to scale)

Background imageZoological Collection: Millipede and centipede (engraving)

Millipede and centipede (engraving)
8666725 Millipede and centipede (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Millipede and centipede)



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Step into the world of zoological wonders, where nature's marvels come to life. Amongst the vast array of creatures that have graced our planet, few are as enigmatic as the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine. With its distinctive striped coat and elusive nature, this marsupial captivated the imagination of many. In a different realm altogether, we find ourselves enchanted by the Franklinia alatamaha, also known as franklinia. This rare flowering tree once flourished in Georgia but now exists only through cultivation efforts. Its delicate blooms serve as a reminder of the fragility and beauty found within our natural world. Venturing further into London Zoo's history, we stumble upon G H Davis' masterpiece - The New Reptile House. A testament to architectural brilliance and dedication towards conservation education, this structure stands tall even today. Amidst all these wonders lies an amphibious gem - the Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus). Critically endangered due to habitat loss and pollution, it serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility towards preserving biodiversity. Turning our attention to Southeast Asia's rainforests brings us face-to-face with an intriguing creature: Binturong (Arctictis binturong). Known for its bear-like appearance and distinct scent reminiscent of popcorn or corn chips, it has earned itself endearing nicknames such as "bearcat" or "Asian bear. " But what if mythical beings were part of our zoological narrative? Enter Mer-People Look-Alikes – captivating legends that blur lines between reality and fantasy; they continue to intrigue generations with their ethereal allure. Nature never ceases to amaze us with its intricate creations like Luna moth (Actias luna), whose luminous green wings make them appear otherworldly during twilight hours. Their presence reminds us that magic can be found even in seemingly ordinary places. Sadly, not all creatures have been fortunate enough to survive the test of time.