The Zoology Division
The phenomenal turning point in the long history of the Zoology Division came in the early 1960s when the United States Army Research and Development Group sponsored the Museum - Migratory Animal Pathological Survey (MAPS), a bird-banding project that was carned out from 1962 to 1967. At the culmination of the project, the 1967 Annual Migratory Animal Pathological Survey Conference was held in the Philippines. This marked a first for the country.
This eventually led to the formal recognition of the National Museum as a scientific institution, as Museum Researchers were invited to participate in the first National Marine Animals Taxonomy Workshop and the National Committee on Marine Science the following year. This positive development continues to this day.
In the late 60s, the important exhibits "To Catch a Fish" and "Migrants Without Passports" were followed by a well received exhibit on "Rare and Vanishing Fauna in the Philippines" in the early 70s. Year after year, zoological exhibits have become more interesting and captivating, such as: the true-to-life showcase of Philippine insects and butterflies and the huge fish displays in Bolinao, Pangasinan in 1998; the Philippine Fauna Exhibits at the Old Congress Building in 1998; the Palawan Zoological Exhibit consisting of attractive dioramas on marine and terrestrial Palawan fauna in 2000; and the newly-installed Exhibit and Walk-in Diorama on Philippine Terrestrial Fauna and the Butterfly Garden in Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City.
Finally, the continuing surveys and collection efforts in various zoological disciplines yielded the discovery of new records and new species from 1961 to 2001. Undoubtedly, the number is still increasing as Museum Researchers tirelessly pursue their survey and collection activities in many different parts of the Philippines.