The natural history museum will also house the 500,000 precious specimens that are an invaluable resource to scientific study in Singapore and around the world.
guide to Singapore spiders) and will be contributing his invaluable spider collection to the new museum! Also, Joseph was the one who first introduced me to nature and whom I blame for my current obsession with nature issues.
Straits Times feature on Kate's work. I learnt from some of the other participants that they didn't know Singapore still had this rare animal in our forests. More about Andie Ang's recent work on these monkeys and their current status.
Straits Times report and a behind-the-scenes look by Mr Khew Sin Khoon, honorary curator at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.
Your help needed for the new museum!
While physically, the new natural history museum is taking shape, there is still much work get the 'software' into place. Prof Peter and Prof Leo will continue working hard to raise $10 million in endowment for professorships, fellowships and staff costs. The current museum is now operating with just two researchers and four curators. It will need to boost the team as the collection grows and the museum moves to its much larger, more public premises. It is looking at hiring at least half a dozen more of such staff, who will also take charge of teaching students.
You can donate to the museum online.
More ways to help!
Besides raising funds to pay for manpower, the museum is looking for donations in kind: collections of specimens such as the Fleming collection.
Ordinary people can also help get invaluable specimens by alerting the museum on roadkill.
Marcus Chua explains why this is useful on his post about the pangolin roadkill found recently. He explained earlier how a facebook post of a banded leaf monkey contributed to serious research on the monkey and current efforts to protect it. Also how roadkills were the only verifiable evidence of the presence of leopard cats in Singapore. Marcus is now seriously studying them.
Can the public see anything of the collection now?
Yes, but you must hurry. To prepare for the shift, existing Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research's last day for public visits will be March 31. Displaying fascinating specimens from Singapore and beyond, here's more about what you can see at the gallery.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Mon to Fri, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, link to campus map.
Guided and group tours of the Public Gallery is available, pre-registration required. More details on the RMBR website.
Get updates on the new museum via the RMBR news blog and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum facebook page.
- MORE about the new museum including:
- What's so special about our natural history collection?
- Why is this collection NOT displayed at the National Museum?
- Would people want to visit the new museum?
- Is a natural history museum important to conservation?