This unassuming hut is the drying room. Fitted with
racks and heaters, it is used for drying collected specimens
like leaves and insects, which would otherwise rot in
the humid heat.
Most biological research involves collecting and preserving
at least one “voucher specimen,” a specimen
that represents the population being studied. By doing
this, researchers can be sure if theyre talking
about the same species. Many of these voucher specimens
end up in collections like the ones at London’s
Natural History Museum, so
that scientists can refer to them in the future.