Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research

Where can you meet 50 000 specimens of molluscs, 90 000 specimens of insects, and 120 000 specimens of crustaceans? The answer is obvious: at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. According to its website:

“The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) houses Singapore’s national and reference collection of preserved zoological specimens as well as the University’s herbarium. The specimens are used for comparative research on the flora and fauna of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. They are the preserved physical records of the region’s biodiversity.

Our Museum is named after the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Although an amateur naturalist, Raffles was one of the pioneers who applied Western science to the discovery, naming and documenting of the biodiversity in Southeast Asia.”

The museum offers guided gallery tours, workshops and field excursions. Details of special programs can be found on its blog

What has this to do with poetry? Have you seen this critter yet?

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or this?

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images by Joseph Lai, from the RMBR website

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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