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Merry Christmas!

photo[2]This has been a most incredible year, which has brought some amazing new experiences and also seen many personal long term aims come to fruition. I would sincerely like thank all who have supported what we are doing at Manchester, particularly our amphibian conservation and education work which is so integral to fulfilling the objectives of the  Museum’s Vivarium.

Our successes this year have been due to the support of committed colleagues, friends and family, all of whom I would like to thank most wholeheartedly. I would also sincerely like to thank all who have provided their support through their kind actions and words of encouragement, which are so much appreciated.

The development of the Costa Rican field course with my colleague Professor Amanda Bamford and Brian Kubicki, the fulfilling of major aims related to the Lemur Frog project, and the development of the new vivarium which now showcases all our work, are just some of the highlights that mean so much to me.  Below are some selected blog posts taken from the past year which I thought you might enjoy revising, but I hope you have enjoyed all the frogblog entries this year and you look forward sharing what is to come –  2014 promises to be quite something, starting with reports from North America and Canada in January, and further return herpetological trips to Greece, Central America and other countries planned.

Thank you for all your interest and support, and best wishes to you and yours for a very special Christmas and great New Year ahead!

Merry Christmas!



January  – Costa Rica

February – Lemur Project Interview

March – Treasure of Teaching

April – Vivarium proposals

May – Corfu

June – New field course developed

July – CRARC

September – Adam in Panama

October – Vivarium to fruition

November – Trinidad & Tobago

December – Visit by Professor Claes Andren

Professor Claes Andren

IMG_6560Last week we had the pleasure of having Professor Claes Andren, the Scientific Director of Norden’s Ark in Sweden visit the vivarium. Norden’s Ark are a main partner in Project Lemur Frog and Claes visited Manchester Museum to see for himself how we are maintaing the species in captivity prior to it being established at this major conservation orientated institution.

The Manchester Museum is very proud to be collaborating with Norden’s Ark on this important amphibian conservation project and very grateful for the support of Claes and his colleagues which is wholly instrumental in the success of this holistic and groundbreaking conservation project.



Frog Photography?

Phyllomedusa tomopterna, from the Vivarium at The Manchester Museum (c) Chris Mattison

If you’re interested in frogs and photography, or are perhaps struggling to find that ultimate Christmas present for someone who is, then maybe we have the answer ………… a day to spend with two Professional Herpetologists and the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of rare and beautiful frogs.


If this sounds good to you, then you might be interested to hear that The Manchester Museum has teamed up with one of the World’s Premier Herpetologists and Professional Photographers, Chris Mattison, to bring you an indulgent day of amazing amphibians and creative camerawork. Places are extremely limited, but to find out more and reserve an exclusive place please follow these links:

Wildlife Photography at the Manchester Museum

Reserve your place now by booking online

Chris Mattison:  Events