The Roosevelt Wild Life Collections housed in Illick Hall is a vertebrate collection containing over 10,000 specimens of birds, mammals, freshwater and marine fishes, reptiles and amphibians. The collection is a result of the efforts by scientists, private collections and students since its beginning in 1919. The Roosevelt Wild Life Collections attracts many visitors each year. It supplies specimen loans to researches and educators contributing to public awareness of the importance of the departments on going research. Many of the finest specimens in the collection are on display in the main-floor concourse of the Gateway Center, and are easily viewable by all.