Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

Permanent Collection

The diversity of African wildlife is celebrated in the Evelyn & Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife / Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes.

Explore seven biomes, each highlighting a different theme relating to African wildlife ecology and conservation. More than 120 specimens representing more than 70 species depict realistic scenes of animals and their habitats.

Congo Basin: Explore uncharted wilderness in search of new species.

West African Tropical Forest and Ethiopian Realm: Examine how primates and antelope co-exist.

Serengeti Grassland: Observe intricate dynamics between predators and prey at many levels.

Lowveld region: Survey the ecosystem and food chain, using the full complement of predators, prey and scavengers.

Saharan Desert: Witness incredible bird migrations.

Okavango Delta: Learn about the importance of water for organisms to survive.

Discover the Excitement and Diversity of African Wildlife!

Over 120 specimens representing more than 70 species are on display, including 42 species of birds and 28 species of mammals. Many rare and endangered species are showcased, including Okapi, Lowland Gorilla, Mandrill and Scimitar-horned Oryx.

Additionally, many species rarely seen in museums are on display here, including Gerenuk, Giant Forest Hog, Guenons and other forest primates, and a variety of birds. The natural panoramas containing family groups of Aoudad sheep, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Greater Kudu, Rock Hyrax, Spotted Hyaena, Egyptian Goose and Great Blue Turaco are a special treat for visitors of all ages.

Curator: Daniel M. Brooks, Ph.D.

Birds, mammals, herps and fish – Dr. Brooks oversees the museum’s vertebrate zoology collection of over 5,000 specimens. The majority represents the Texas coastal bend region but also includes Africa, Latin America, threatened and endangered species, and select taxonomic groups. Dr. Brooks is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the use….

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Please help us to preserve our collections for the next generation by not using flash when taking personal pictures at HMNS and at HMNS Sugar Land. Exposure to strong lights over time causes fading and deterioration of most artifacts and specimens.

Flash photography is ONLY allowed in the Grand Hall and the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in HMNS, HMNS Sugar Land and the George Observatory.

For press and any commercial photo shoots, please contact the Public Relations dept.


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