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On Friday 22 June 2018, Sir David Attenborough officially re-opened the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge – one of the largest and most important natural history collections in the UK. Thousands of incredible specimens from across the animal kingdom have been revealed, after a five-year, £4.1million redevelopment which included nearly £2 million of funding raised by National Lottery players. The Museum’s new exhibits explore stories of conservation, extinction, survival, evolution and discovery.

In advance of the opening, Sir David Attenborough said:

This marvellous museum is a place where the public can come to see, study and wonder. The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is of the highest importance to the study of Zoology and to the understanding of the natural world by people at large. Long may it flourish.

Following a gala reception, Sir David was “in conversation” with TV-presenter Liz Bonnin, asking questions submitted by the public and the Museum’s Young Zoologists Club.