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UPRRP Zoological Museum Policies

  1. It is our policy to admit all legitimate visitors: faculty, staff, and students from universities, colleges, and museums from any state or country; staff of commonwealth, state and federal agencies; and qualified amateurs. Visitors are requested to sign the visitor register.

  2. No specimens, books, journals, reprints or collecting equipment may be removed from the Zoological Museum without the approval of the Director or Collections Manager.

  3. Specimens will be accepted for inclusion into the Museum only if accompanied by collection data (collector, date, locality). Furthermore, if a permit was required for the collection and/or transport of specimens, a copy of those permits must be submitted as well.

  4. Exchange arrangements are made for Caribbean material and zoological literature.

  5. Specimen loans are requested for faculty and staff associated with academic institutions. Loans may be requested on behalf of students, but with the additional approval of their advisor.

  6. Loans are made to institutions, only exceptionally to individuals. Requests are in writing (email requests are acceptable) and should come from a director or curator of a museum on behalf of faculty or students. Loans are provided to academic institutions for 1-year periods or less. Reasonable animal identification services are provided for all not-for-profit projects.

  7. Logistical assistance and workspace is provided for all off-island visitors in return for a duplicate set of specimens collected.

  8. Lectures on Zoological museum activities (use, history and management) are provided for courses or visitors by appointment.

  9. There are no fees for any services provided.

Use of the collections

  1. People working with the collection will be expected to fully understand its organization. Specimens must be properly re-filed; if there is any question about placement, it should be re-filed by museum personnel.

  2. Specimens, jars, and cases are to be handled with care. Report damaged specimens to Museum personnel, preferably the collections manager.

  3. Material is not to be removed from a specimen or dissected without permission.

  4. Notify Museum personnel when encountering loose pieces known to have detached from a particular specimen.

  5. Investigators are encouraged to properly annotate specimens. Annotations, laser printed or written with permanent ink, should be made on labels of archival quality paper and should bear, at least, the accepted name of the taxon, the name of the investigator, and the date (at least the year) of the identification.

  6. If any specimen jar needs additional alcohol, notify museum personnel immediately.