Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Department of Biological Sciences
Giving to the Museum
Southeast Asia (SEA) is a biodiversity hotspot. It has more habitats and contains more species than the Amazon. These include tropical rainforests, peat and freshwater swamps, mangroves and coral reefs.
Singapore has lost more than 95 percent of its primary forests and coastal vegetation over the past 190 years, first through agriculture, then urbanization and industrialization. Amazingly, the remaining four percent or so of nature areas support more than 4,000 species of plants, birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, hard corals and reef fish, and counting as new species continue to be discovered!
Loss of biodiversity, deforestation, global warming, climate change and other environmental issues have captured the world's attention in recent years.
The RMBR, as one of the earliest natural history museums in SEA and the only one in Singapore, is committed to preserving Singapore's biodiversity through research, environmental consultation and public education. The RMBR can play a pivotal role in galvanising research and education efforts in biodiversity conservation and environmental awareness in Singapore. However, a new facility is necessary for the RMBR to fulfil this role on the university, national, regional and international level.
The RMBR is raising funds to develop it into a natural history museum that will serve as a valuable resource for biodiversity research and help generate interest among present and future generations on the vital importance of ecology, conservation and the environment for human survival and development.
We seek your consideration to make a gift to this national development project.