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`Ultra violet light and insects are the enemies here,' ANWC collection manager, John Wombey, says as he opens another cabinet.
These numbers don't make the ANWC the largest of its kind, but for birds at least it is widely regarded as the finest and most useful of all the great Australian wildlife collections.
For birds, moult has also been collected where available, while recent donations from private collectors mean that the ANWC `nest' now contains arguably the world's finest collection of bird eggs of the Australian region.
Dr David Ride, a former director of the Western Australian Museum and founding director of the Australian Biological Resources Study, believes the ANWC is priceless.
He says that while the great 19th century collections, many of which are housed in museums in Britain, Europe and North America, are interesting for their antiquity, the ANWC is more useful for scientific purposes.