Do you have a heart for the environment?
A passion to serve?
Then we need you for the Museum's new building!
Established by the UP Board of Regents in 1976, the UPLB Museum of Natural History is a center of research, documentation and repository of specimens for scientific reference, information and education on Philippine biodiversity and its conservation.
It continues to serve the public as a prime educational and eco-tourism destination in the UPLB complex, providing visitors a glimpse of the Philippines’ rich biodiversity through its Integrated Biodiversity Exhibits.
Our centre holds some of the largest and remarkable collections of biological specimens in the Philippines, including:
- Largest collections of insects, mites and spiders (approx. 200,000 specimens)
- Largest collection of mammals (>7,000 specimens)
- Second largest collections of plant specimens (almost 80,000 specimens)
- Dr. Dioscoro S. Rabor (Father of Philippine Wildlife) Wildlife Collections, and the
- First microbial and algal culture collections to be registered with the World Federation of Culture Collections
Since 1993, the Museum's home is the old Makiling Residence Hall in the College of Forestry and Natural Resources campus. Although it has ample space where dioramas and exhibits can be put up, it is already old and structurally unsound for a museum which accommodates an average of 50,000 visitors per year.
Also, due to the unavailability of built-in laboratories, preparation rooms and other research facilities, the main collections of the museum are not within the main building but are housed in separate areas inside the university.
We dream of a new building for the museum, a structure which will withstand environmental pressures and protect the Philippine's repository of biota. We look forward to creating a more conducive research environment which will make scientists and conservationists more productive in their quest to alleviate biodiversity loss.
But more importantly, we want a home where our young and future generation can still see and appreciate the beauty and expanse of our country's biological treasures.
We want you to help, in any way you can. We will accept donations, whether they are monetary, in kind, and even just words of encouragement.
If you or your organisation is interested and willing to help us build a new home for the country's priceless collections of biota, we will appreciate a call or email from you.
You may contact us:
Phone: +63 (49) 536-3669