Just back from my hols, it was time for Adam and I to take the up a kind offer from Graham and Marcus at Dendroworks to visit them – and so we did. We had both been very much looking forward to meeting these guys again and taking a look at their animals and vivariums. Well, we certainly were not disappointed!
Graham and Marcus are passionate poison-dart frog keepers and breeders. They live very close by to us and are very much into amphibian conservation. Lots of people keep amphibians in captivity, but there are few who do it properly, and to the extent these guys do – their care, commitment, and ethical approach in keeping these animals is absolutely spot on and I cannot speak highly enough of them.
They started their own initiative called Dendroworks some time ago, which not only provides useful information for hobbyists and specialists alike, but also highlights their active commitment to supporting amphibian conservation through providing financial assistance with projects here in the UK and in Central and South America.
Upon visiting, Adam and I were amazed at the high quality of the animals being produced and the conditions that the animals were being maintained in – the frogs and vivs simply blew us away! Some of the species thriving and reproducing included Oophaga histrionica, Ranitomeya vanzolini, and Dendrobates fantasticus. We even got to see one carrying a tadpole on its back!
Other quality specimens being produced included some wonderful Golden poison-dart frogs, Phyllobates terribilis, and Graham and Marcus kindly provided us with some of their young frogs for the Museum collection, which was very much appreciated. I would like to thank them both for their time and the specimens, and very much look forward to working with them in the future.
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