The University of Montana Zoological Museum (UMZM), a unit of the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Montana, is committed to the collection and preservation of specimens in the field of vertebrate zoology for the purposes of research, teaching, interpretation, and community service.
UMZM maintains a premanent research collection for use by researchers within the University. Through the loan program and onsite visits, the research collection is available to the scientific community at large. Also, a teaching collection is maintained for use in courses at the University.
UMZM specializes in vertebrates from Montana and the Northern Rocky Mountains. Other areas of interest are the states and provinces adjacent to Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and other areas of the world as deemed suitable.
UMZM, as the largest zoological museum in Montana and one of the major zoological collections of the Northern Rocky Mountains, is the repository of voucher specimens generated by University research. UMZM is also the repository for vertebrate specimens collected by the Montana Natural Heritage Program. In addition, UMZM maintains synoptic collection of mammals and birds from Russia, and in a collection of Chinese mammals. A comparative skeletal collection is available for research purposes, and as and aid in the identification of skeletal specimens obtained by University researchers, archaeologists, agencies in the community, and the general public.
The Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) acts, by written agreement, as the public outreach arm of the UMZM to provide instruction in environmental education.