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The Learning Zoo: Artefacts from UCC's Zoology Museum

In association with the School of BEES (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences), UCC

Sisk Gallery, 1 August - 2 November 2014


The Learning Zoo invites you to discover a selection of the fascinating objects and materials used in teaching and research at UCC. Featuring a range of unusual artefacts, including stuffed animals, shells, eggs and skeletons, this exhibition includes a number of unique specimens collected and kept within the University's Zoology Museum.

Queen's College Cork (now UCC) was established in 1845 and teaching began in October 1849. One of the first jobs of the newly formed college was to progress a museum of Natural History (Zoology, Botany, Geology). Past students and Cork exiles donated specimens from places as varied as New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

In its entirety the collection comprises approximately 20,000 rock, mineral and fossil specimens, and a similar number of geological maps, thin sections, photographic slides, offprints and books. Many of these are presented in the School of Bees in the North Mall.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) comprises diverse specialities covering marine, terrestrial and fresh water environments. You can learn more about their teaching and research at


Pictured above is a Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), one of many animal specimens in the collection.

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