RMBR hosted a very distinguished visitor on 5 May 2010 – Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. Professor Peter Ng and Professor Leo Tan took SM Goh on a quick tour of the museum’s public gallery, and the wet and dry collections. Along the way, the Profs filled SM Goh in on the history of the museum, which dates back to the original Raffles Museum at Stamford Road set up in 1849, and the challenges it overcame to become the present leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity research.
SM Goh checking out the impressive pair of water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) horns displayed in the public gallery, flanked by Prof Peter Ng (on his left) and Prof Leo Tan.
Prof Ng showing SM Goh a specimen of the robber crab (Birgus latro) collected during the museum’s recent expedition to Christmas Island.
[Photographs by Tan Heok Hui]