What is the NZCS about?
The NZCS was founded in 1981
as an institute under the University of Suriname. Its main tasks are to manage a
reference collection of the fauna of Suriname, to engage in educational
activities and to carry out research. The NZCS became active in research in 1987
when a professional curator was appointed. Its natural history collection
contains specimens of most animal groups occurring in Suriname and currently
holds some 100,000 specimens. It includes the natural history collection of the
Surinaams Museum and the insect collection of CELOS (Center for
Agricultural Research in Suriname). Research at the NZCS currently focuses on
integrated research of biodiversity, ecology and the environment.
Over the years, the NZCS has
developed from a small natural history collection to a Biodiversity Institution,
with the capacity to not only maintain and expand its collections, but also to
carry out baseline studies and to consult and conduct its own biodiversity research.
The NZCS was able to improve
its human resources and infrastructure to the extent that it
currently is one of the best equipped Zoological Collections in the Caribbean