The first phase of the Zoological and Wildlife Specimens (ZWS) Image Bank is now completed with a total entry of 109 representative species of Philippine frogs, lizards, and snakes, the UPLB Museum of Natural History (MNH) announced last 14 January 2021.
As MNH’s current extension program, the image portal is an online photographed collection of specimens – like representative birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and shells – that can be found at the Zoological and Wildlife Section of the museum. It is led by University Extension Associate Camila G. Meneses and University Extension Specialist Florante A. Cruz.
According to Ms. Meneses, MNH ZWS Image Bank is also one of the products of their ongoing inventory and catalog digitization for amphibian and reptile specimen collections. “Hopefully in the future, we can include birds, mammals, mollusks, as well as other collections here,” Ms. Meneses added.
The online image library was initially revealed last 28 September 2020 during their 44th anniversary program on Youtube, where they also introduced the MNH Wikipedia page. UPLB MNH also showed their virtual Makiling’s Ark Exhibit, and the physical Photo Ark Exhibit, Audubon Exhibit, Dr. Harold Conklin’s Book Exhibit, and Smilodon Exhibit.
Aside from the Zoological and Wildlife Museum, MNH also houses the Botanical Herbarium, Entomological Museum, Forestry Herbarium and Wood Collection, Hortorium, Microbial Culture Collection, and Mycological Herbarium.
Ms. Meneses also called for student volunteers, and said that their team is looking forward to training them in expanding the MNH ZWS Image Bank.