National Zoological Collection of Suriname/ Environmental Research Center (CMO)



Conducting faunistic and ecological research is a fundamental task of the NZCS. By carrying out research activities, the NZCS contributes in nature conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Since 1987 the following research projects have been carried out:


-Ecology and taxonomy of stingless bees

-Widow spiders occurrences in Suriname

-Niche-segregation, and competition of caiman species in Suriname

-Ecology and fish fauna of black water rivers

-Zoogeography of fishes

-Commercial sustainable exploitation of spectacled caimans

-Nesting ecology of sea turtles

-The influence of Air-spraying of Malathion on invertebrate diversity.

-The influence of 'sustainable forestry' on biodiversity

-Surveys of hardly known areas of the interior

-Distribution of the Chagas disease vector in Suriname

- Biology of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Suriname

- Niche segregation of jaguars and pumas

- Impact of mining on biodiversity

-Impact of eco-tourism on biodiversity

- Mercury pollution of aquatic ecosystems


These research projects were most of the time executed with funding from abroad, or in collaboration with other institutes/organizations. The research projects resulted in various publications, workshops and symposia.

The studies performed to date have made the institute an experienced authority on zoology and ecology in the region.

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