The Vivarium at Manchester Museum

The Vivarium at Manchester Museum Here you can learn more about the conservation, research and engagement work being carried out with our live collection of reptiles and amphibians.
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One of the most popular and distinctive of all the Museum’s galleries, the Vivarium is dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to many species of frogs, reptiles and lizards from South America, Australia and Madagascar, allowing visitors to experience the thrill of a first-hand encounter with some of the rarest creatures on the planet. The Museum is one of the very few that boasts a comprehensive collection of live reptiles on display and which also plays a leading role in the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered amphibians. Visitors to the newly redeveloped Vivarium (which opened in autumn 2013) can find better displays, enhanced interpretation and most significantly are able to see more of the important conservation work that usually takes place behind the scenes. The Vivarium and its staff play a pioneering role in protecting critically endangered species. For example, the Museum is part of a consortium of institutions worldwide that are carrying out essential work in Europe and Costa Rica in an effort to save one very rare amphibian - the Lemur Leaf Frog (Agalychnis lemur). Within Costa Rica, this small frog is found only in one last remaining area. As well as supporting the frog’s survival in the wild, Manchester Museum are responsible for establishing the international captive breeding programme for the species to ensure its long-term survival.

Operating as usual

Lewis, one of our vivarium volunteers is completing his final year as a zoology student at the University of Manchester!...
23/04/2021
Behind the Glass- Harlequin Toads in Manchester

Lewis, one of our vivarium volunteers is completing his final year as a zoology student at the University of Manchester!
The focus of his final year university project is on the Harlequin toad and the success of the Atelopus project at the vivarium.
Lewis' project aims to see how effective comic-assisted e-learning is at explaining a scientific subject- the subject being captive breeding programmes.

You can help Lewis by checking out his comic and taking part in the survey by following the link below 🐸

Hello to all frog blog visitors!  My name is Lewis, a final year zoology student at the University of Manchester and a volunteer here at the Vivarium. Like many of you, I have been counting do…

Meet the common frog in this weeks 60 second species! Found in Salford, this week we meet a species you may be able to s...
17/04/2021
Common Frog - 60 Second Species

Meet the common frog in this weeks 60 second species! Found in Salford, this week we meet a species you may be able to spot in your own gardens, local parks and wild spaces! 🐸

Join the Vivarium Team every week and discover the fascinating natural habitats of a range of animal and plant species.Find out more about the Vivarium's wor...

Holidaying from home this Easter? 🐰 Manchester museum has got you covered! 🐣
02/04/2021
Easter Holiday Activites | MMfromHome

Holidaying from home this Easter? 🐰 Manchester museum has got you covered! 🐣

Join our online community and to guarantee we all have a pleasant experience make sure you are familiar with the house rules.

The Manchester Museum is very well known for its Taxidermy, and is now pleased to be involved with.. Wulydermy. Louise W...
31/03/2021

The Manchester Museum is very well known for its Taxidermy, and is now pleased to be involved with.. Wulydermy. Louise Worthington, the founder of Wulydermy, has been so inspired by our recent Santa Fe Harlequin Toad Breeding that she has been working on a new project – you guessed it, producing a beautiful felted Harlequin Toad!

Not only has Louise made some fabulous felted tropical toads to add to her collection but has very kindly made available a step by step set of instructions for you to easily make your own. All profits from this set of instructions will be donated directly to the Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity (PWCC) and we are very grateful to Louise for all her support.

To download your set of instructions, head over to https://www.wulydermy.co.uk/product/harlequin-toad-instructions-pdf-download/

Meet the four-lined rat snake in this weeks 60 second species!🐍
29/03/2021
Four-lined Rat Snake.mp4

Meet the four-lined rat snake in this weeks 60 second species!🐍

This is "Four-lined Rat Snake.mp4" by Andrew Gray on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

18/03/2021

Although we are not able to reopen just yet, over the coming weeks we will continue to connect, inspire and spark joy & wonder, sharing activities & content from our collection. Keep exploring www.mmfromhome.com

​Stay safe and thank you for your support.

Watch Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology Andrew Gray and Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology Matthew O’Donnell i...
15/03/2021
Collaborative Conservation - Panama Wildlife Webinar - WWD2021

Watch Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology Andrew Gray and Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology Matthew O’Donnell in conversation with Dr Luis Urena and Dr Eric Flores of Panama Wildlife Conservation (PWCC) as they explore the work of conservationists and researchers fighting to protect Panama’s unique biodiversity.

For anybody who missed our live webinar on World Wildlife Day you can watch the recorded session! 🐸

Watch Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology Andrew Gray and Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology Matthew O’Donnell in conversation with Dr Luis Urena and...

To draw Science week to a close, why not check out the story of the Sylvia's tree frog, and how science led to this spec...
13/03/2021
The Story of Sylvia's Frog

To draw Science week to a close, why not check out the story of the Sylvia's tree frog, and how science led to this species discovery and description 🐸

The discovery of Cruziohyla sylviae

Meet the tent bat on this weeks 60 Second Species! 🦇
12/03/2021
SSS- Tent Bat.mp4

Meet the tent bat on this weeks 60 Second Species! 🦇

This is "SSS- Tent Bat.mp4" by Andrew Gray on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

60 Second Species!Join the Vivarium Team every week and discover the fascinating natural habitats of a range of animal a...
09/03/2021
Parrot Snake - 60 Second Species

60 Second Species!

Join the Vivarium Team every week and discover the fascinating natural habitats of a range of animal and plant species. 🐸🐍🦎🌿

Join the Vivarium Team every week and discover the fascinating natural habitats of a range of animal and plant species.Find out more about the Vivarium's wor...

British Science Week runs from 5th March and we are very pleased to support this fundamental initiative! Learn a little ...
08/03/2021
British science week 2021

British Science Week runs from 5th March and we are very pleased to support this fundamental initiative! Learn a little about the story of Sylvia's tree frog (Cruziohyla sylviae) in the video below.

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, shows Sylvia's Tree Frog for British Science week 2021

In occasion of World Wildlife Day 2021 Manchester Museum has commissioned Mexican musician Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano to c...
06/03/2021
Cruziohyla sylviae - Sylvia the frog

In occasion of World Wildlife Day 2021 Manchester Museum has commissioned Mexican musician Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano to compose and perform in an exclusive premiere, the Cruziohyla sylviae piece. The work animated by Shafia Fiaz, celebrates the frog species identified by Manchester Museum

In occasion of World Wildlife Day 2021 Manchester Museum has commissioned Mexican musician Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano to compose and perform in an exclusive pr...

The variable harlequin toad is a critically endangered species on the brink of extinction.The vivarium house the only ca...
03/03/2021
We’ve got some brilliant news! We can’t wait to tell you… Tune in 3 March for #WorldWildlifeDay2021

The variable harlequin toad is a critically endangered species on the brink of extinction.

The vivarium house the only captive population of this species outside of their native Panama and we are delighted to announce the successful breeding of this species here at the vivarium!

This population and future generations will become a captive 'safety net' for the species, ensuring they never become extinct in the future 💚

Check out the video linked for more details on the success story!

https://www.mmfromhome.com/world-wildlife-day-2021

02/03/2021
Collective Conservation Webinar

Have you ever wondered...
Why is biodiversity important?
How can protecting endangered species also provide opportunities for local communities?
What do conservationists do?
Join us & Panama Wildlife Conservation and have your questions answered.
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01/03/2021

Successful wildlife conservation requires collaboration and specialised knowledge. Manchester Museum & Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity have developed a project that helps conserve endangered species, ecosystems & support local communities.

Find out more at the LIVE webinar.

Book 👉 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborative-conservation-world-wildlife-day-2021-tickets-143057903039

🐸 The Harlequin Toad Conservation project in Panama runs education workshops in local community schools in Santa Fe, an annual local Harlequin Toad Festival and fully involves members of the local community in conservation research.

Find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev7oLGHq4es

Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity is a non-profit organisation run entirely on private donations & grants. Supporting & developing conservation projects is expensive and challenging and every little help makes a difference. 💚

SUPPORT THEM : http://rb.gy/dbwcao

A female strawberry poison frog transporting her tadpole to a bromeliad pool!Each of her tadpoles will be transported to...
15/02/2021

A female strawberry poison frog transporting her tadpole to a bromeliad pool!

Each of her tadpoles will be transported to their own small pool and the female will return frequently to deposit unfertilised eggs for the tadpoles to feed on.

**March 8th talk**Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at The Manchester Museum, will present a 3 hour talk on his amphib...
08/03/2020

**March 8th talk**

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at The Manchester Museum, will present a 3 hour talk on his amphibian conservation work. Drawing on his wealth of experience working with neotropical amphibians in the field and in captivity, Andrew's presentation will cover many aspects of conservation, including captive husbandry, research and education. It will detail his personal experiences working to conserve some of the world's most Critically Endangered species and offer those attending the talk the rare opportunity to see some live specimens of the species concerned.
This will also be the first opportunity to see the 3 species of cruziohlya outside of Manchester Museum - including the newly described Sylvia’s leaf frog (Cruziohyla sylviae).

#amphibian #conservation #research #frogs
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Great night planned for this Thursday at Manchester Museum. Supporting the conservation and research dedicated to saving...
21/10/2019
Don’t let me go..

Great night planned for this Thursday at Manchester Museum. Supporting the conservation and research dedicated to saving rhinos! 🦏. Free entry, lots of interesting talks and maybe even a spot of dancing! Worth checking out! Manchester Museum

https://frogblogmanchester.com/2019/10/11/dont-let-me-go/

RHINO CONSERVATION NIGHT An amazing night bringing you together with researchers and conservationists dedicated to saving these truly amazing animals: A collaborative conservation-focused event by …

23/07/2019
YouTube

Check out our excellent new video by @katieggarrett which showcases some of our exciting environmental outreach work @McrMuseum. Those kids are awesome! 👍🐸
m.youtube.com/watch?v=OQGl0S…
#conservation #education

PANAMA WILDLIFE EVENING  - THURSDAY 18 APRIL, 2019 A night of Panamanian festivities not to be missed! Manchester Museum...
09/04/2019

PANAMA WILDLIFE EVENING - THURSDAY 18 APRIL, 2019

A night of Panamanian festivities not to be missed!

Manchester Museum welcomes Critically Endangered Harlequin Frogs to its collection and is the only institution in the world to house these striking animals outside Panama. We would like to mark the launch of the Harlequin Frog Project with a celebration of Panamanian culture and wildlife. The project is a unique collaboration with the Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity (PWCC) and the Ministry of the Environment in Panama. Come and enjoy the taste of Panamanian drink with latin music, see the wealth of rare frogs from behind the scenes, and find out more about the impact our research, environmental education, and conservation work is making in Latin America.

28/11/2018
The Story of Sylvia’s Frog

The story of Sylvia’s frog - produced by filmmaker Katie Garrett and staring a number of our staff exploring the discovery of Cruziohyla sylviae.

#herpetology #conservation #research #treefrog #taxonomy #cruziohylasylviae

Cruziohyla sylviae

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, shows Sylvia's Tree Frog, Cruziohyla...
01/08/2018
BBC News Channel (World) - Sylvia's Tree Frog

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, shows Sylvia's Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae (New species), on BBC International news.

New species discovery means iconic splendid leaf frog could be much closer to extinction than we thought!

Manchester Museum Curator Andrew Gray has discovered a new species of tree frog - Sylvia’s Tree Frog (Cruziohyla sylviae sp. n.), hidden in plain sight for nearly 100 years. Named in honour of his first grandchild Sylvia Beatrice Gray, this discovery sheds new light on this iconic genus of frogs, whilst also highlighting conservation concern for the original Splendid Tree Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) which is much rarer than previously thought!

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326633904_Review_of_the_genus_Cruziohyla_Anura_Phyllomedusidae_with_description_of_a_new_species

https://frogblogmanchester.com/2018/07/30/new-splendid-species-discovered-2/

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Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, shows Sylvia's Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae (New species), on BBC International…

New species discovery means iconic splendid leaf frog could be much closer to extinction than we thought!Manchester Muse...
26/07/2018
New Splendid Species Discovered

New species discovery means iconic splendid leaf frog could be much closer to extinction than we thought!

Manchester Museum Curator Andrew Gray has discovered a new species of tree frog - Sylvia’s Tree Frog (Cruziohyla sylviae sp. n.), hidden in plain sight for nearly 100 years. Named in honour of his first grandchild Sylvia Beatrice Gray, this discovery sheds new light on this iconic genus of frogs, whilst also highlighting conservation concern for the original Splendid Tree Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) which is much rarer than previously thought!

https://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4450.4.1
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326633904_Review_of_the_genus_Cruziohyla_Anura_Phyllomedusidae_with_description_of_a_new_species

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New species discovery means iconic animal could be much closer to extinction than we thought! One of the world’s most spectacular frogs has remained under the radar of zoologists for almost 100 yea…

Some recent breeding success in the Vivarium at Manchester Museum!
10/09/2017
A Picture of Success

Some recent breeding success in the Vivarium at Manchester Museum!

One of our latest additions to the collection here in the Vivarium at Manchester Museum is a fascinating species of tree frog from South America, Hypsiboas picturata. Commonly known as the Pictured…

Vivarium Vacancy
04/09/2017
Vivarium Vacancy

Vivarium Vacancy

Have you a genuine interest in and experience working with reptiles and amphibians, a passion for supporting animal conservation, and would you like to be part of one of the world’s leading univers…

Tapirs are the largest land mammals in Central and South America, with the Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii, being the lar...
20/04/2017
Talking Tapirs

Tapirs are the largest land mammals in Central and South America, with the Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii, being the largest of them all. Last year, in Costa Rica, I came across my first wild specimen, and it was an experience I will never forget.

Tapirs have enthralled me since I was small boy: I knew all about them from an early age, and I still have the small plastic model of a tapir that was bought for me when I was just a 7 year old, for me being good – it must have been a rare event!

Today these wonderful creatures are highly vulnerable and in danger of extinction, mainly due to the fact some people have no respect for their lives nor the fragile rainforest habitat where they live.

Thankfully some people do care, and care a great deal. Estaban Brenes-Mora is a Costa Rican biologist and committed conservationist who is passionate about saving tapirs and other rainforest mammals in need of protection. Esteban is the founder and director of Nai Conservation: a research group focused on mammals from the Highlands of Costa Rica and particular the Cordillera de Talamanca, one of the most biologically diverse and important ‘wildlife corridors’ in Central America.

I invited Esteban to come to Manchester to discuss ways in which we might support their conservation work and for him to present a special guest lecture. Esteban kindly agreed, and will soon be joining us to share an overview of the work being conducted by Nai Conservation and present data collected during their latest study of tapir ecology.

His presentation, which is open for all to attend, including students, university staff, and members of the public, will be hosted by the University of Manchester and will take place at Manchester Museum at 6.30pm on 2nd May, 2017. Join us for a fascinating insight into the lives of these unusual creatures – it would be great to have you there!

http://tapir.eventbrite.com/

Tapirs are the largest land mammals in Central and South America, with the Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii, being the largest of them all. Last year, in Costa Rica, I came across my first wild…

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