UPLB faculty, staff, students and alumni can visit the UPLB Museum of Natural History for free this coming May 18 (Monday), 2015. All they need is to present a valid UPLB or UPLB Alumni Association ID at the entrance.

May 18 marks a new special day for the Museum as it has been designated by management as Rabor Day, in honor of Dr. Dioscoro S. Rabor (1911-1996), considered as the Father of Philippine Wildlife Conservation. Rabor's birthdate is May 18, and this Monday will be his 104th birth anniversary.

Dr. Rabor is the pioneer of vertebrate biology in the Philippines. He is best known for his work with birds and mammals but is he also worked with fishes, amphibians and reptiles. He earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of the Philippines. He pursued his PhD at Yale University under S. Dillon Ripley and later received an honorary Sc.D. from Siliman University in 1974.

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He taught at Siliman University and Mindanao University. He taught and became a consultant for the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

Dr. Rabor was a "staunch conservationist, extremely vocal against rampant logging in the Philippines since the 1940s, at a time when conservation was a strange idea to Filipinos."

His campaign to alert the world to the endangered status of the Philippine Eagle was so energetic, he has helped mold a generation of Filipino naturalists who now carry on with the continuing conservation efforts evident in the country today.

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