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.

FREE ENTRY 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

**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).

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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…
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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…

A sad week to say goodbye to Adam Bland! He has been an integral part of the Vivarium's success and development over the...
06/04/2017
¡Adiós Adam!

A sad week to say goodbye to Adam Bland! He has been an integral part of the Vivarium's success and development over the last 8 years.
His dedication to the role has seen him develop into an outstanding herpetologist, one which will be sorely missed by everyone here at the Manchester Museum.
We wish him all the best for his future role at Chester Zoo, where he's bound to be a success!

Adam leaves us on Friday to take on an exciting new amphibian-keeping role at Chester Zoo. It’s a wonderful opportunity and one we know he will excel in. Adam’s experience with us at Manchester Mus…

14/03/2017
Mount Kinabalu

Matt recently returned from a trip to Sabah in Northern Borneo, follow the link below to hear about some of the exciting places and species he encountered on his travels.

On the 11th of January, I embarked on my first ever rainforest trip, as part of my Wildlife Conservation MSc from the University of Salford. I was lucky enough to travel to the Sabah, the northern …

10/03/2017
Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

We would like to share a short video of Bolitoglossa aurae, a new species of salamander described from Costa Rica.

Este es un pequeño video de Bolitoglossa aurae, la nueva especie de salamandra de Costa Rica.

We recently welcomed students from Reaseheath Herpetological & Entomological Society (RHES) to the Vivarium, a great bun...
09/03/2017

We recently welcomed students from Reaseheath Herpetological & Entomological Society (RHES) to the Vivarium, a great bunch of students who were clearly very passionate about reptiles and amphibians. This followed up from a visit Andrew and Adam made see the fantastic facilities at Reaseheath College.

https://frogblogmanchester.com/2016/12/03/reaseheath-realised/

An amazing day at The Vivarium at Manchester Museum. Thank you so much to Andrew and Matt for their time and inspiration. We've never seen so many amazing Frog species in one place!

A newly described behaviour in Another spinosa first observed by Matt and Adam here at Manchester Museum. Follow the lin...
11/11/2016
Fit For The Crown

A newly described behaviour in Another spinosa first observed by Matt and Adam here at Manchester Museum. Follow the link to see the exciting footage and to access the paper.

One exciting species that we have been lucky enough to work with over the last couple of years is Anotheca spinosa a hylid frog found throughout Central America. Better known by its common name, th…

Fantastic discovery from Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center
04/11/2016

Fantastic discovery from Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

A new species of salamander from Costa Rica!!!!

We would like to share the exciting news of a newly discovered and beautiful species of salamander from the Caribbean slopes of Talamanca, Costa Rica. Bolitoglossa aurae is named in dedication to Aura Reyes, the wife of Brian Kubicki, who co-discovered the species; additionally, the name also alludes to the Latin aureus, meaning golden, for the yellow coloration of the salamander. This new species increases the known diversity of salamanders in Costa Rica to 50. Costa Rica has the fifth highest total diversity of salamanders on the planet, behind the USA (#1), Mexico (#2), China (#3), and Guatemala (#4), but when one considers the number of species per area (i.e. number of species per 1,000 km2 of national territory), Costa Rica has the highest diversity density of salamanders on the planet, with nearly 1 species per 1,000 km2 of national territory. What an incredible country, and one that continues to amaze us with beautiful species such as Bolitoglossa aurae that are completely new to science.

Additionally we would like to thank Erick Arias for his collaboration with the study surrounding this new species and the preparation of the manuscript.

To access the abstract of this new species description you can go to the following link.

http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/article/view/zootaxa.4184.2.5

https://cramphibian.com/2016/11/04/new-species-of-salamander-bolitoglossa-from-costa-rica/

Una nueva especie de salamandra ha sido descubierta en las faldas caribeñas de Talamanca, Costa Rica. Bolitoglossa aurae, nombrada en dedicación a Aura Reyes, esposa de Brian Kubicki, quien co-descubrió la especie, adicionalmente el nombre alude al latín aureus, que significa dorado, por la coloración amarilla de la especie. Esta nueva especie incrementa la diversidad de salamandras en Costa Rica a 50. Costa Rica está en el quinto lugar en diversidad total de salamandras del planeta, después de USA (#1), México (#2), China (#3) y Guatemala (#4), sin embargo considerando el número de especies por área (por ejemplo: número de especies por 1000 km2 de territorio nacional), Costa Rica tiene la densidad de diversidad más alta en el planeta, con cerca de 1 especie por 1000 km2 de territorio nacional. Un increíble país que continua asombrándonos con especies bellas como Bolitoglossa aurae que es completamente nueva para la ciencia.

Por este medio queremos extender nuestro agradececimiento a Erick Arias por su colaboración en el trabajo de descripción de esta especie.

Para acceder al abstracto de la descripción de esta nueva especie por favor seguir el siguiente link:

http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/article/view/zootaxa.4184.2.5

https://cramphibian.com/2016/11/04/new-species-of-salamander-bolitoglossa-from-costa-rica/

A recent example of the fantastic work carried out here in the Vivarium. Developing a comprehensive understanding of amp...
04/07/2016
The Toad that broke the mould..

A recent example of the fantastic work carried out here in the Vivarium. Developing a comprehensive understanding of amphibians is key to protecting them in the long term.

Once in a blue moon something comes along to change our way of thinking. Currently I am still in Costa Rica – it seems apt, as a research paper about a rare amphibian here has just been publi…

It doesn't get much more exciting than this when it comes to breeding frogs - Cruziohyla craspedopus spawing in our rain...
13/05/2016
Patience is a virtue

It doesn't get much more exciting than this when it comes to breeding frogs - Cruziohyla craspedopus spawing in our rain chamber this week!

20 years ago I spent a whole month in the Ecuadorian jungle searching for what was then the rarest leaf frog, Cruziohyla craspedopus, a fringed-legged species with unusual adaptations. It was near …

The last few weeks have seen members of the Vivarium outside enjoying this seasons early herping opportunities, from Add...
01/04/2016
Spring Ahead

The last few weeks have seen members of the Vivarium outside enjoying this seasons early herping opportunities, from Adder (Vipera berus) sightings to large aggregations of spawning amphibians. Take a look at Adam's blog post to hear more and see some incredible pictures.

Spring has officially begun in the North of England, and like many people I have been itching to get out and see some of our native reptiles and amphibians as they emerge from their long hibernatio…

Click the link below to watch a short video on one of the new species we are working with here at the Museum!
25/02/2016
Harlequin heaven

Click the link below to watch a short video on one of the new species we are working with here at the Museum!

Having had a short break and enlightening time way its great to come back and see how well our new harlequin toads have now settled into the vivarium. The males are calling and all have acclimatise...

Take a closer look a the Mediterranean stripe-less tree frog - Hyla merdionalis that Andrew found on his recent travels ...
20/02/2016
Childhood revisited

Take a closer look a the Mediterranean stripe-less tree frog - Hyla merdionalis that Andrew found on his recent travels to Tenerife.

Today was another blue sky day, and a great one to go looking for one of the few amphibians found here - the Stripeless Tree frog, Hyla merdionalis. With the various contrasting environments here, ...

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center
19/02/2016

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

We would like to share the latest (updated) version of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (C.R.A.R.C.) booklet/PDF. This PDF contains 64 pages of detailed information about the C.R.A.R.C., our research and conservation projects, and our two private reserves. To access the full PDF please go to the following link on our website:

https://crarc5.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/crarc_booklet_version_5-0r1.pdf

The C.R.A.R.C. is a small self-funded and family owned and operated biological research center that is dedicated to studying, understanding, and conserving one of the most ecologically important fauna groups of Costa Rica’s humid forest ecosystems, that of the amphibians. The first of its kind in Central America!!!

Compartimos con ustedes la última versión actualizada del PDF informacional de C.R.A.R.C. , este PDF contiene 64 páginas con información detallada sobre nuestros proyectos de conservación e investigación y nuestras dos reservas privadas. Para accesar al PDF este es el link:

https://crarc5.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/crarc_booklet_version_5-0r1.pdf

C.R.A.R.C. es un centro de investigación dirigido familiarmente, de financiamiento privado dedicado al estudio, entendimiento y conservación de uno de los grupos de fauna del bosque tropical lluvioso más importante de los ecosistemas, el cual son los anfibios. C.R.A.R.C. es el primero de su tipo en Centroamérica.!!!

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