In the mid of the 1950s first recordings were made in the two zoological gardens of Berlin. Basing on this material Tembrock wrote the review paper on acoustic communication of mammals published in 1963 in Busnels book "Acoustic behaviour of animals". From 1960 more and more animals were recorded in the wild. This was the basis of the series of discs Voices of the Birds of Central Europe edited by Günter Tembrock and Michael Schubert. The first disc was published in 1967 " Forest Birds.
While up to 1990 the majority of the recordings was made by Günter Tembrock, his collaborators and students, now the collection is being expanded by external collections such as those of D. Langwald (recordings from the Tierpark Berlin), K. Conrads (a large bird sound collection) and G. Hohmann (recordings of primates from India and Sri Lanka). Since the scientific research at the Animal Sound Archive is focussed on the acoustic communication of canids a large collection of Arctic fox vocalizations has been added.