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The effects of the coronavirus situation at the Luomus public attractions


Special arrangements and new guidelines for people visiting Luomus. The Natural History Museum and Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden are open normally. Kumpula Botanic Garden is closed for the winter. 

SYNTHESYS+ funding available to visit LUOMUS collections


LUOMUS is one of the SYNTHESYS+ organisations and we invite scientists not based in Finland to visit our collections. SYNTHESYS+ Transnational Access call 3, deadline 16 April 2021 (17:00 UK time)

Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is affecting all of us – what can we do about it?


Illegal or unsustainable wildlife trade affects biodiversity, ecosystem services, people’s livelihood, and economies all over the world. Worldwide experts warn about the perils related to this activity and provide a roadmap for curbing its growth.

Finnish biod­iversity in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment in­spires glob­ally


The Finnish solution to include all types of biodiversity data and the whole data life cycle, from collection to use, in the same data infrastructure is unique.

Four lichen species new to science discovered in Kenyan cloud forests


Some of the newly described lichen species from the Micarea genus may be unique to the biodiversity hotspot that is the Taita Hills in Kenya. The area may contain even more lichen species yet to be discovered., the primary channel for information on invasive alien species, has been renewed


Data on invasive alien species is more easily and comprehensively available on the updated website. Content providers in the data service, maintained by the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and edited by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Strangers in the night – A new spe­cies of mam­mal may have been found in Africa’s mont­ane forests


A research team from the University of Helsinki has discovered a tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya, which may belong to a species previously unknown to science.

“Crad­le of Man­kind” – can you help to transc­ri­be African ver­tebra­te fos­sil speci­men cards into a da­ta­ba­se?


A Memorandum of Understanding has been established between the National Museums of Kenya and the Finnish Museum of Natural History (Luomus). This co-operation between the institutions has enabled a project of entering fossil specimen data into a collection management system.

What kinds of birds do you find especially amazing? Let us know, and take part in a citizen science project


A new project by the Finnish Natural History Museum at the University of Helsinki lets you rate bird species by their appearance. Try the online app and tell us which birds you find the most beautiful.

The wild­life trade en­com­passes all ma­jor branches of the biological tree of life – but still largely re­mains a mys­tery


The wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar industry that threatens biodiversity. Exploiting wildlife by selling it, their parts or their products is one of the most profitable activities in the world.