The National Museum Zoological Collection
The bird and mammal specimens consist of study skins or specimens prepared as stuffed and the wet specimens are preserved in alcohol. The rest of the zoological specimens are preserved in ethyl alcohol. Specimens used for exhibit are stuffed and mounted according to its natural form. The wet specimens are stored in glass bottles or jars filled with 70% ethyl alcohol. They are arranged and stored in steel or wooden racks. Specimens are routinely checked for molds and alcohol replacement. The study skins of birds and mammals are stored in steel or wooden cabinets and are regularly checked for molds and insect infestation. Specimens are entered in museum catalogues and labeled with acid free paper using waterproof ink or pen for study skins while the wet specimens are labeled with tracing paper using alcohol-proof pens or ink. The Reference Collection Areas are equipped with air-conditioning units to avoid temperature build-up. High relative humidity permits the growth of molds and micro-insects that can damage specimens and its labels.
Most of the animals included in this guide such as the mouse-deer, Palawan peacock, and the living fossil glypheid are rare because of their small and restricted population. Other animals like the Philippine eagle, Tamaraw, Palawan Bearded Pig, Green Turtle, etc., are now severely threatened due to over hunting and destruction of their forest and marine habitats.
The animals represented in this guide are arranged according to their evolutionary appearance from primative to modern forms.
The zoological specimens deposited in the National Museum are clear proofs of the animalsí existence in the Philippine Islands. It is hoped that knowledge about some of these Philippine animals may lead to a reasonable conservation trend among Filipinos.