Conditions for Donation of Samples

  1. Tissue and hair samples are accepted at the discretion of the AMNH curatorial staff.
  2. Donated samples shall become the property of the AMNH and shall remain in the collections as long as they retain their physical and genetic integrity and their relevance to the mission of the Museum. Disposition of specimens shall be at the discretion of AMNH.
  3. A signed copy of the AMNH Registrar's Specimen Transfer Form must accompany all donations.
  4. Samples must be collected or salvaged by legal means and copies of all pertinent permits shall accompany the donation. No specimens will be accepted without documentation that they were collected legally.
  5. All specimens must be accompanied by data describing where, when, and by whom they were collected, as well as the identification of the sampled bat down to species level.
  6. If desired, donors may place a 5-year restriction on the use of the samples. During this time, s/he has the right to restrict electronic and physical access to the samples. Intent to restrict access must be indicated on the Specimen Transfer Form. Otherwise, access and use of the samples will be at the discretion of the Department of Mammalogy's curatorial board, who will make them available to qualified researchers for scientific research. A report of physical use of samples may be requested by the donor but such reports will be generated only when requested.

If you accept these terms, click the link below for the protocol on donating specimens.