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

Ardea sumatrana

Great-billed Heron, Dusky Grey Heron, Sumatran Heron, Pucung Lembu, Burung Lembu
Adults have entirely dusky grey plumage with long silvery-grey pointed plumes on crest, nape, upper breast and scapulars. Immatures are like adults but lack the silvery-grey plumes and its plumage are browner with underparts streaked with white. Size: 1.15 m Soft parts: Iris yellow, naked skin around eye yellow-green. Upper mandible black, lower mandible pale flesh with yellowish tip. Feet and claws black.



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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