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Extinction or Survival?

This exhibition will focus on examples where humans are known to have influenced the survival of animal and plant species. With iconic species such as the Dodo, along with lesser-known stories such as the Giant Earwig, we will be exploring the subject of extinction.

Extinction or Survival?

While species extinctions have happened since life first evolved, we are at a point in the Earth’s history where humans are present to document these changes, and to realize our own involvement in the unfolding story.

This exhibition will focus on examples where humans are known to have influenced the survival of animal and plant species. With iconic species such as the Dodo, along with lesser-known stories such as the Giant Earwig, we will be exploring the subject of extinction. Displays of extinct animals and plants will demonstrate reasons why species are pushed to extinction, from over-exploitation to habitat fragmentation and changing climates.
 
However, human action isn’t always negative. Rare and endangered species are monitored and (inter)national conservation efforts can bring species back from the brink. With support from organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Forest Stewardship Council along with our own Vivarium frog breeding programme, we will be presenting diverse ways in which people are able to make a difference for nature.
 
Using specimens from our own collections, as well as amazing objects borrowed from other museums across the north, we will be challenging our visitors to join us in a discussion.

How important is it to save biodiversity?

What would be the consequences of species loss?

What should we choose to save?

What could we all be doing to make a difference?

21 October 2016 – 20 April 2017