The Academy's Herpetology collection of amphibians and reptiles is one of the ten largest in the world, containing more than 309,000 cataloged specimens from 175 countries. Learn more about the department's staff, research, and expeditions.
The Myanmar Herpetological Project is a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences, the Myanmar Forestry Department, Ministry of Forestry, and the National Museum of Natural History. Principal Academy scientists from the Department of Herpetology have included Jens V. Vindum, Alan E. Leviton, and Jeffery A. Wilkinson. The surveys are conducted primarily by a trained field team chosen from employees of the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division. It represents the first systematic herpetological survey to be conducted in the country, and the first to be conducted primarily by Myanmar Forestry Department staff.