The Carlos de la Torre y Huerta museum of Natural History located in Holguin downtown shows unique endemic species of the fauna from eastern Cuba, out of the more than 1 600 specimens stored there.
Maria Osorio, a staffer from that highly visited museum, said that the famous and attractive polymita sulphurosa snails stand out there, together with the Cuban hutia (tree rat), the manatee and the Cuban crocodile, which are in risk of extinction.
Osorio also said people can admire a rich collection of insects, crustaceous, minerals found in Holguin province like nickel and a huge variety of molluscs living in the sea and the rivers, but found all across Cuba.
The expert said those specimen paved the way to open the museum in 1960's.
The specialist praised taxidermy, a method used there to preserve the specimen to not alone show them to the future generations, but to ease studies on the animals' adaptation to their habitat, reproduction and nutritional habits.
The Carlos de la Torre y Huerta museum of Natural History is visited by some 36 000 people as an average along the year.
Its staffers schedule activities to attract people, mainly children. Among them the programs to boost love for nature and science in elementary school children, but also services consultancy on scientific research even for post-grade courses. / By Claudia Patricia Dominguez del Rio - / Translated by Radio Angulo.