Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum


This website is created by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore, to provide a searchable digital database of Singapore’s natural heritage, i.e., its flora, fauna and natural habitats. The initial funding for creating the digital nature archive (DNA) is sponsored by the Care-For-Nature Trust Fund of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. RMBR maintains and update the database, with supports from the National Parks Board.

Our objectives:

  • To provide a free online searchable digital database on natural history, for use by students, educators, general public, conservationists and scientists
  • To sort, catalogue and systematically archive the vast treasury of wildlife images, nature places and people from Singapore through
    • slides and print images
    • digital images
    • historical photographs (e.g. from retired university professors, natural historians, experienced photographers, old local books, etc.)
    • video clips and sound clips
  • Provide information on species status, habitats and general biology
  • Permit student to student transfer of knowledge and information through their involvement in collecting more digital images, thereby ensuring the continued building of the database resource.
  • Make Singapore a centre for nature education using IT.


Featured Organism

Artocarpus rigidus

Monkey Jackfruit
Medium-sized to large trees reaching to 45 m tall with buttresses sometimes to 3 m. The crown is dense and spreading with stout long limbs.The bole is dark greeny grey with lenticellated bark that is smooth to cracking or fissured and scaly. Many of the leaf and twig characteristics are highly variable. The leaf blade is stiff leathery, with size ranging from 6.5–26 × 3.5–15 cm. The leaf shape is elliptic, obovate or round,  blunt, or scarcely pointed. The twigs, leaf-stalks and veins on underside of leaves are harshly sparsely hairy. Fruiting head is globose (7–15 cm across), yellow in colour and covered with short spines. The name is derived from the rigid spines on the fruits.



Browse complete information about organisms of various kingdoms, as well as people, places and activities.


Browse complete collection of media files contributed by dedicated researchers and naturalists.

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