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Evening Event

J185DF-153I would like to give a huge thanks to all who attended our Panama Wildlife Evening and to all the staff and volunteers who supported it.

It was such a wonderful evening and one we all won’t forget here in hurry. It was also such a pleasure to welcome the Ambassador of Panama to the University and and to have him open our collaborative Sponsor a Harlequin Frog initiative.


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Stars of the night

I would like to say a huge thanks to all who attended last nights Panama Wildlife event, I very much hope you enjoyed it and also having the opportunity to see the Harlequin frogs that are the focus of our new project.

I would also like to thank all the staff and volunteers who supported the evening in so many ways and who contributed to making it such a wonderful evening, you were stars!



Easing in Easter

Panama night copy 2

The evening of Thursday the 18th April here at Manchester Museum will include:

·     The official launch of the Harlequin frog project by The Ambassador of Panama

·     Wildlife conservation presentation by Luis Urena (Director PWCC) and myself

·     The launch of our brand new ‘Sponsor a Harlequin Frog’ package  

·     The CROAK app (amphibian call identification) fully previewed

·     Exclusive Harlequin frog merchandise for sale

·     Latin Music  – 3 piece Live Latino Band featuring Adrian Garcia

 ·    Live animals from our Vivarium collection, including the rarest frog species

 ·    Panamanian Insects from our Entomology collection 

·     Panamanian Specimens from our Zoology collection 

·     Panamanian plant specimens from our Botany collection 

·     Incredible Panamanian Cocktails by professionals from London’s Hi Spirits

·    Harlequin Frog Origami – taught personally by Naomi Kashiwagi 

·    Portraits of Panamanian indigenous people by Royal Photographer Hugo Burnand

·    Frog Conservation film screenings, including David Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs

Adrian Garcia

Save the date!


PANAMA WILDLIFE EVENING  – THURSDAY 18 APRIL, 2019 – A amazing night of Panamanian frogs and festivities not to be missed!

Manchester Museum welcomes Critically Endangered Harlequin Frogs, Atelopus varius, to its collection and is the only institution in the world to house these striking animals outside Panama. These are the true form, and not a sub-species. 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.



Iracambi internships

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of meeting with Binka La Breton, Director of Iracambi, an inspiring lady with a great passion for rainforest conservation. She visited us here at Manchester and gave a great talk to our students about the work being conducted at Iracambi and how they may get involved.

Iracambi is a community of people around the world whose vision is to see the beautiful Brazilian Atlantic Forest restored, with prosperous communities living in a flourishing landscape. At their headquarters in Minas Gerais, the Iracambi Research Center spearheads their work in managing natural resources, educating for sustainability, and researching ecosystems and how we impact them.

IracambiLogo_EN_Ver_ReverseThe Iracambi logo explains what they are about. The indigenous story tells that the forest is on fire, and all the animals are fleeing to safety. All except the humming bird. She is flying towards the fire with a drop of water in her beak. “Silly little bird,” shouts the eagle, looking down at her. “Don’t you see that you’ll never put out the fire all by yourself?”

You’re right,” says the humming bird. “I’ll  never put it out all by myself. But I’m doing my part.

At Iracambi they’ve been doing their part since 1999, and offer an opportunity for all those interested to be a part of the change.





Katie Garrett

Fundraiser success!

IMG_9066This week, to honour a former student and member of staff who worked in the School of Arts, Languages and Culture, we had a great fundraising event.  The staff member concerned was in our PS Admissions Team for about two years.  She died last October at the age of 24 and the team she worked with felt that they wanted to do something which would have been close to her heart and which would have a lasting legacy.

She originally did a Zoology degree here at Manchester and got involved in anything to do with animals.  She also loved the Vivarium at the Manchester Museum and used to volunteer here.

IMG_9083As you may know I support the Inspire Youth Group in Chorley, with 7-12 year olds who have few chances to go out anywhere – Its an amazing place, but unfortunately all the great activities provided are indoors. Kasia and I visited with frogs and reptiles recently and the children were obviously very interested in learning more about wildlife. Therefore, in memory and honour of our colleague, we plan to take the children out this summer to Brockholes nature reserve for the day, to do pond-dipping, butterfly and dragonfly identification.


We hope the visit will encourage each child to learn more about, and protect, local wildlife – and this would be our colleagues legacy.  As a result of this weeks fundraiser I am very pleased to say that we were able to raise enough funds to make this happen. Thank you so much to all who donated, were involved in and who attended the event, all those people who provided scrumptious cakes, and all who made the event so much fun – including our human fruit machine participants! 🙂


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