University of Malaya (UM)

Zoological Collection

The Zoological Museum is built on the academic strengths of various staff members involved in faunal diversity. Primarily, serving as a research center and depository of reference specimens, the museum is equipped with modern facilities for preservation of specimens and bench space for visiting researches. The museum’s collections were originally established as a teaching collections and a depository of zoological research specimens conducted by staff members at the Institute of Biological Sciences (formerly under Department of Zoology). The collection dated back to the year of 1959. At present, the collection has about 100 000 specimens in its holdings. The main function of the museum is to disseminate information on indigenous Malaysian fauna, its richness, diversity and conservation status. The complexitiy of the educational role of the museum encompasses the use of the museum in the education of students, their interpretation of displays. This will result in an awakening of knowledge that is useful in the development of social responsibilities in environmental, nature, biodiversity and conservation issues. This collection is available for biology students to study and research especially as collection of wildlife is strictly prohibited under the present Wildlife Act. The museum serves as an integral part of the teaching program in the Institute of Biological Sciences, and may be considered an important national repository of Malaysian fauna. The Museum of Zoology represents the only zoological museum in Peninsular Malaysia with an extensive collection of local fauna that has been reasonably well documented.
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Institut Sains Biologi, Fakulti Sains, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia