The museum’s activities consist of collection of Lithuanian and foreign fauna, its research, identification, storage, creation of a database, taxidermy, educational activities, environmental protection, cooperation with various scientific, educational, environmental protection agencies. In addition to scientific activities, one of the museum’s main activities is to acquaint the public with the valuable fauna exhibited here and the world of living creatures surrounding man.
CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Annually thematic excursions for pupils and students are being organized;
Lectures following the preliminary plan are delivered;
Consultations are given to students, interpreters/translators;
Traditional competitions of young recites to commemorate Tadas Ivanauskas’ birthday anniversaries are organized.
Exhibitions of conservation of nature, biotechnical means, hunting trophies are being prepared at the Museum.
A workshop of biological preparations functions at the museum employees of which can make hunting and fishing trophies, stuffed animals and birds, equip biology rooms.
Scientific collections lay the groundwork for understanding and naming different species (systematics and taxonomy). At the core of the research done at the Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Museum of Zoology are those principal branches of science that specialize in depicting species accurately. These branches are closely connected to research on evolution and the biodiversity of the nature. Other central branches of research at museum include researches based on biological monitoring data and dating techniques.
Museum research units are in charge of the zoological collections of both vertebrates and invertebrates. Research topics include systematics and zoogeography of Invertebrates, Insects, Fish, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals. Exhibits from expeditions, trips, and private persons’ presents constantly supplement exposition.
Taxidermists of the museum make exhibits. Unique sized giraffes, hippopotami, aurochses, orang-outangs, camel have also been hand-made by taxidermists of the museum.
ENDAGERED SPECIES AND CONSERVATION
UN’s convention concerning biological diversity, which dictates that more and more resources are to be directed to research on nature’s diversity and to stopping its disappearance.