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Donors enable successful bid to procure dinosaurs

08 September 2011

Dr Lee Seng Gee and wife, Dr Della Lee
After several months of concerted effort, NUS is delighted to announce that the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the Faculty of Science has raised sufficient funds to procure the family of three giant diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs for the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum that will open in 2014.

The major donors are Dr and Mrs Lee Seng Gee together with the D S Lee Foundation. With their very generous contribution, donations from an unnamed donor, Siloso Beach Resort, BinjaiTree, Bengawan Solo as well as many private well-wishers, these three sauropods or “long-neck” dinosaurs will form the centrepiece of the new museum's gallery. Two of the dinosaurs have already been mounted and arrangements are being made to see when they can arrive in NUS. The largest of the trio, measuring 27 metres in length, will arrive by 2014.

These dinosaurs will inspire future generations of scientists to pursue research across multi-disciplinary fronts. As such, NUS is extremely grateful to all our donors for this strong show of support to help bring these magnificent animals to Singapore!

Now that the giant sauropods are coming to NUS, the museum will embark on the final phase of fund-raising for the dinosaur project – to raise another $2 million to build an exhibition on the history of life on earth, centred around the three dinosaurs.

By the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research