Build an ecosystem from the ground up and discover which surprising animals support towering redwood trees.
Look Who You Might Run Into
Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.
Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder
Join our biologists for a live feeding of our albino alligator and find out what he eats for breakfast.
Life flourishes in the most inhospitable places. Journey to environments where these hardy creatures thrive.
Get a rare glimpse of our elusive giant Pacific octopus during feeding time.
More than 100 trillion microorganisms live in our bodies collectively known as the human microbiome.
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We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition
Explore our Library of Life
Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.
Learn about our current initiatives, and access tools and resources to support your work.