Make a donation
As an individual, you can help the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle to carry out its core tasks by making a donation. You can thus contribute to preserving biodiversity, enriching the Muséum’s collections or preserving its exceptional heritage.
The Muséum offers a whole range of benefits in return, depending on the amount of your donation. Additionally, all donations entitle you to a tax reduction, equal to 66% of the amount donated on your income tax (within the limit of 20% of taxable income) or equal to 75% of the amount on IFI (wealth tax) (within the limit of €50,000 - limit reached when the donation is of €66,667).
Support the restoration of the Durfort mammoth!
This mammoth fossil is displayed in the Galerie de Paléontologie (Palaeontology Gallery), and is one of the largest known in the world. The Muséum has decided to launch an ambitious restoration project to safeguard this remarkable specimen, which has unfortunately become very fragile over time. Additionally, the Durfort mammoth was mounted in a classical quadruped walking position, but we now know that these animals actually walked at an amble like all elephants, i.e. by moving both feet on the same side simultaneously. This restoration will allow us to exhibit the specimen in a scientifically correct posture. The overall cost of this ambitious project is €400,000.
One of the returns you could expect for your donation, is for you, or someone close to you, to feature on the Durfot mammoth’s pedestal in the virtual modelling.
Today, the Muséum needs your help to fund the restoration of this exceptional specimen.
Adopt a statue in the Jardin des Plantes!
The Jardin des Plantes is a symbolic place in scientific culture, and features a large range of statues that testify to the close links between the arts and the sciences. The sculptures in the Jardin des Plantes were mostly commissioned by the State, which was seeking to demonstrate its symbolic support for scientific progress. Visitors today can admire several important artworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. However, these have unfortunately been damaged by the passing of time. The twenty-four statues in the garden have various degrees of damage which endangers this exceptional heritage.
Adopt an animal in the Ménagerie!
The Ménagerie, the Jardin des Plantes’ zoo, houses 600 animals from 150 different species (mammals, birds, tortoises, lizards, snakes, amphibians and arthropods), of which one third are threatened with extinction. For several years now, the Ménagerie has been involved in programmes to preserve populations in their natural habitats while also helping to conserve these species by housing safeguard populations at the zoo. By adopting the animals in the Ménagerie, you can help to conserve endangered species and contribute to funding the expansion of the Borneo orangutan enclosure, a species in critical danger of extinction.
Adopt an animal in the Parc zoologique de Paris (Paris Zoological Park)!
The Parc zoologique de Paris is involved in numerous international species conservation programmes: the Muséum’s scientific teams (veterinarians, ethologists, biologists, etc.) are passionate about studying and protecting endangered animals, not only at the Parc, but also in their native countries and natural habitats.
In 2021, the funds raised through the adoption scheme will be given to projects seeking to preserve biodiversity, including the one at the Vohimana reserve in Madagascar. This reserve is a fragment of preserved forest, home to a spectacular endemic fauna of primates, reptiles and amphibians. A scientific team from the Muséum will soon leave on a fieldwork mission to undertake preliminary studies and collect data, which is essential for any research project.
Adopt an animal at the Réserve zoologique de la Haute-Touche (Haute-Touche Zoological Reserve)
The Réserve zoologique de la Haute-Touche is located in the heart of a forested area of more than 430 hectares and is home to more than 1,300 animals from 120 species originating from the five continents. The Réserve is the only French zoological body with the status of a research laboratory. It is involved in many in situ and ex situ conservation programmes and works to encourage the reproduction of species in danger of extinction or already extinct in the wild. By adopting animals at the Réserve zoologique de la Haute-Touche, you act to help conserve endangered species.
Other sources of support
The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle has notably benefitted from the generous support of three Societies of Friends.
We invite you to visit their websites for more information:
- Société des amis de Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle et du jardin des Plantes (Society of Friends of the National Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens);
- SECAS (Société d’encouragement pour la conservation des animaux sauvages / Society for the Encouragement of Wild Animal Conservation);
- Société des amis du Musée de l’Homme (Society of Friends of the Museum of Mankind).