Cabinets needed to house critters at CU Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Christy McCain became fascinated with animals while spending time with her father in the outdoors. Now, she is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado.

“I love my job, for sure," she said.

McCain is also the curator of the University of Colorado’s Natural History Museum.  From squirrels to foxes to animals found in Africa, more than 150,000 specimens are housed in 70-year-old cabinets.

And that’s the problem.

“The old cabinets are permeable to insects,” McCain said.

The old cabinets are not bug-proof, and at least 33 specially made archival cabinets are needed, each costing $3,800.

The museum has started crowdfunding page to raise the funds.

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