During a recent trip to Maracay, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny got a glimpse of the incredible collection of 3.5 million insects currently on display at the Francisco Fernández Yépez Museum of the Agricultural Zoological Institute (MIZA).
Mr. McClenny was impressed with MIZA’s dedication to tropical biodiversity and its ongoing commitment to sustainable ecology and the environment.
MIZA employs fourteen scientific research staff and two technicians, all of whom are dedicated to the preservation of one of the largest and most important collections of insects in the world – an amazing 3.5 million specimens. MIZA is also world-renowned for being the world’s leading facility for the study of leaf beetles.
Mr. McClenny’s visit reinforced the U.S.’s longstanding commitment to biodiversity and protection of natural resources. For its part, MIZA shares its biodiversity databases with scientists around the world, many of whom are intensely involved in the documentation and classification of global biodiversity.
To this end, MIZA maintains 35 agreements with international institutions, among them the Smithsonian Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as well as other institutions in countries such as England, Peru, Australia, Mexico, and South Africa.
For more information on MIZA, you can visit: http://www.miza-ucv.org.ve/