Adam left 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 Museum will stand him in good stead for his new position, but the level of contribution he has made to what has been achieved during his time here should not be underestimated: Adam has been highly instrumental in the development of what the Vivarium has become today, and without his help and true commitment during his time with us it would not be at all as it is. The high standard of animal care, the quality of the public exhibits, the dedication to detail in everything we do, deserves major credit to Adam Bland.
More personally, Adam has become a good friend, someone I could trust when no others were there to trust and listen, a kind, honest, and genuine person. I appreciate all the support he has given in so many ways over the years and thank him for all of it.
He is someone special I have had the honor of working with for many years. I remember our first conversation well and knew then that we could work well together, towards shared goals of enthusing others in the natural world. Real passion for nature in its true sense is something many try hard to develop but for those born with that deep sense of appreciation and care its a rare gift.
The opportunity for Adam to contribute to important amphibian conservation at Chester Zoo is something I know he will relish, and we all at Manchester Museum are extremely pleased for him. We all wish him well in his new job. I will greatly miss working with Adam on a day to day basis, but I know he will go from strength to strength in whatever he undertakes in the future. And he knows he will always have a friend in me.
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