Dan Brooks

How Did We Get These Specimens? The Case of the Edward’s Pheasant
June 25, 2020 · 1 Comment

One of the most common questions I’m asked as Curator of Vertebrate Zoology is “Where and how do you get your specimens?” The standard answer is that they died of natural causes or from medical complications in captivity or at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, which is how we get the bulk of our specimens. However, […]

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
April 24, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Written in 1794, William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” remarks on the ferocity of this large Felid. When my museum colleagues asked me to hammer out this piece, the first thing that ran through my mind was rejoicing at the opportunity to misspell the name of the tiger (Panthera tigris), as Blake did in what is […]

Update On Waugh bridge bat colony hit by Hurricane Harvey associated flooding
February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

  By Tim McSweeny and Dan Brooks, Ph.D. Last year Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, with flooding covering streets, bayous and communities throughout Houston after the storm deposited about three feet of rain.  One of the many parts of the city affected by the storm was the colony of Free-tailed bats living under the […]

2016 African Hall Updates
October 12, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

Dan Brooks, Ph.D. HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology     The Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife, built 2002-04 was a new variation of a common traditional theme at HMNS, in that we wanted to portray more than just the Serengeti ecosystem.  Prior versions of the hall focused on the Serengeti, which while a very important […]



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