Exhibition on Biodiversity in the University of the Ryukyus at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

An exhibition on the biodiversity of the University of the Ryukyus has been put on display at the entrance hall of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The lands and seas of the Ryukyu archipelago are home to a diverse host of wildlife. the region is well-known for its high degree of biodiversity, being the only place in Japan where many unique tropical species are located,

The characteristics of Okinawa’s natural environment has been leveraged by the University to promote collaborative research in its faculties of Science, Agriculture and Education, as well as the Tropical Biosphere Research Center, the Center for Strategic Research Projects, and the University Museum, Fujukan.

The current exhibition on display at MEXT traces the beginnings of the biodiversity of the Ryukyu archipelago using large visual panels and easy-to-understand explanations. Rare taxidermal specimens of indigenous species such as the Iriomote wildcat (Iriomote yamaneko) and fossils have also been made available for public viewing. The exhibition also features video footage introducing the three main fields which make up the main campus and the foundation of the University’s biodiversity research.

This exhibition will be held from July 3rd (Monday) to August 24th (Thursday).

The University’s exhibition on display at the corridor leading to the entrance of MEXT

The exhibition inside the entrance hall of MEXT. Introducing biodiversity using large visual displays.

The exhibition inside the entrance hall of MEXT. Introducing biodiversity using large visual displays.

Video footage showing the University’s campus and three main research fields

Rare specimens on display (1)

Rare specimens on display (2)

Rare specimens on display (3)