For more than a century, our scientific staff has made it their mission to seek out and document the biological diversity of life on Earth. Knowledge about species, past environments, and evolutionary relationships is vital to understanding and conserving this diversity.
Take a look at some of the exhibition videos to learn more about just a few of the more than 90 new mammal species our researchers have discovered and helped protect in the last 20 years.
Cloud Rat (2:02)
Join Research Associate Danny Balete and Curator of Mammals Dr. Lawrence Heaney as they look at a fascinating cloud rat specimen and discuss the value of mammal collections at The Field Museum. Their work has identified many new species and resulted in new conservation initiatives throughout the Philippine Islands.
Join MacArthur Field Biologist Steve Goodman, who has been working with Malagasy scientists for more than 22 years to document the diversity of Madagascar and design new conservation strategies. Discussing the plight of fruit bats, he identifies the hurdles conservationists face when addressing human exploitation of forest resources.
Join Bill Stanley, Negaunee Collection Manager at The Field Museum, to learn the intriguing story of the Kipunji—an enigmatic primate that was discovered by scientists in 2005. Its discovery resulted in the identification of not only a new species, but an entirely new genus of African monkey!
Join Kenyan researcher Paul Webala and MacArthur Curator of Mammals Bruce Patterson as they collect calls, generic samples, and other data on over 100 species of Kenyan bats—about a quarter of all mammal species found in Kenya. Identifying the bats will contribute to understanding their distribution, status, and role in nature, and informing management strategies for Kenyan natural reserves and parks.