In all the time that Schlossman spent at the collections, he says the museum curators remained optimistic about the future.
“I don't hear them being pessimistic, so I'm not gonna be pessimistic either,” he says.
“I’d like to think that this project is an exercise in hope that it’s not too late. And that it becomes a voice in a public chorus that is demanding more conservation measures and a better look at how we live our lives.”
This owl was discovered only 30 years ago.
Though it isn’t endangered, Schlossman says the owl illustrates how little we know about some species — and how little we understand how human activity impacts their ability to survive.
These tiny tortoises from Egypt, Israel, and Libya are shrinking in numbers due to habitat destruction and the pet trade.