Meet Pindiwe Ntloko, Production Scientist at Albany Museum in Makhanda. Pindiwe is a curator and researcher who looks after the collection. For example, some of the jars in the wet store are almost or half empty, she fills those jars with Ethanol to properly preserve the specimens.

From Pindiwe’s perspective, collections are important because they offer the evidence from which scientists derive scientific knowledge, including knowledge that is directly applied to critical issues that have impact in our society, such as:

  1. Keeping records of biological and cultural diversity in a time of unprecedented environmental destruction
  2. Monitoring the changes in freshwater bodies such as river, lakes, wetlands etc.

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