Center of excellence
For a considerable number of animal groups the NZCS has reached the highest level of curation
(well preserved, labeled and accessible via computer database programs). A
continuous input of manpower is provided in order to further label and
computerize the collections. Both the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Suriname and
the University of Suriname support the NZCS and the National Herbarium of
Suriname (BBS) in their effort to improve the databases and to make the
information publicly available. All flora and fauna data were imported into a
new database software program which allows the linking of basic specimen data to
distribution maps, pictures and sound. These databases will become available
on-line very soon.
With the current collections the NZCS is the best curated and almost largest
zoological collection in the CARICOM. Therefore the institute has been nominated
as 'Center of Excellence' for this area.
The NZCS facilitates in the use of its collections. This includes not only providing
data on the collections, but also providing information on fauna and
environmental matters, and providing equipment and human capacity to use the above to the full
library is a well-documented information center which holds a
considerable number of publications concerning vertebrates, invertebrates,
ecology, environmental issues etc. The library database of owned publications,
with abstracts, and the library database of on-line pdf-publications will
be published on-line as well.