STAFF REPORT IBD: To collect, identify and preserve natural history to develop a reference collection of plants, animals, rocks, minerals and fossils found in Pakistan, meant for serving as repository of all type specimens, the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) is not only attracting a large number of visitors but also proving the main source of information about natural history of the country.

The PMNH has four divisions – Botanical, Zoological, Earth Sciences and Public Services. The first three divisions are engaged in the collection, identification and research activities related to plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals resources, an official of the PMNH told the media.

Giving details about these galleries, the official said Bio Gallery provided information about flora and fauna ofPakistan. “It has been divided into two sections; one provides information about different animals, birds and plants found in different regions ranging from the mountainous north to the seashores.”

The official said, “Scientists, artists and designers are also responsible for science education and creating awareness about environment and conservation through dioramas, exhibits, lectures, workshop, seminar, posters and shows.”

The distinction of PMNH lies not only in research but also in implementing mass education and awareness about conservation of biodiversity and environment-related issues through three-dimensional displays and dioramas.

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