The D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao is headed and curated by an American named Darrell Dean Blatchley. Mr. Blatchley built the museum with the purpose of education and to retrieve dead animals and preserve them.
Animals that would have likely been destroyed and never seen by the general public. There are more than 700 specimens and spread across three floors.
The D’Bone Collector Museum is privately owned and managed, but it the range of the collection is still impressive. D' Bone Collector Museum features animals from around the world. Visitors from all ages will truly enjoy learning about the wonderful animals from across the globe.
The Museum currently has over 700 specimens on display and add more every week. A rather impressive feat, a 41-foot long sperm whale and bones of Grizzly bear. Bones and skeletons of snakes, tarsier, marine turtles, various fish species, different sizes of the mouths of sharks, and birds are pride-fully on display.
Although bones and skeletons can seem too morbid, the museum counters this with the use of imaginative, colorful dioramas and mirrors that make an interesting depiction of the different environments these bones, or animals belonged to.
When you go to the museum and get a tour you will learn about the animals found in each of the displays. One of the things they explain to visitors is how some of the animals on display have died due to humans throwing garbage into the ocean or canals.
The tour guides have deep knowledge and passion towards the collection. The way this museum preserves and depicts the skeletons, and the way they explain will make you appreciate the diversity of creatures on our planet, and can make you reflect on how we humans affect our environment.