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New Year New Frogs


Lemur leaf frog helping with our record keeping (Agalychnis lemur) ©Matthew O’Donnell

Nothing quite brings in the new year like a group of newly metamorphosed baby Lemur leaf frogs (Agalychnis lemur)! These tiny froglets represent a new bloodline for the program studbook, which helps us manage the ever growing ex-situ population of this critically endangered species.

These fantastic little frogs were spawned last year and spent the next few months as tadpoles, on display in the Vivarium. They began to sprout legs and emerge from the water in November and have been growing rapidly on a varied diet of fruit flies and crickets, supplemented with extra vitamins and minerals.


Once these hungry little frogs get big enough they will be distributed between our partner organisations in Project Lemur Frog, Bristol Zoo and Nordens Ark. I have been lucky enough to visit the specialist facilities at both of these institutions and know just how well they will be looked after. Further securing the future for this fascinating frog.


A group of young Lemur leaf frogs (Agalychnis lemur) resting under a leaf ©Matthew O’Donnell

Every new frog born here at Manchester Museum is very special, and Lemur leaf frogs are no exception! I’m sure 2018 will be another great year for frog conservation here in the Vivarium, we will be sure to keep you up to date with all the exciting work we are involved in.

Project Report                      Frogs for the Ark

ACE day at ASE

Straight back into teaching after a great Christmas break, Amy McDowall and I conducted a session for international delegates at the The Annual Conference of the Association for Science Education (ASE) yesterday. This fabulous conference is currently taking place at Liverpool University and offers a unique opportunity for all teachers of science to develop practical ideas as well as providing a useful insight into some cutting-edge research.

Amy co-ordinates all our Primary learning at the Museum. She is super enthusiastic, and also being extremely organised kindly made all the arrangements for us to attend and contribute to this years conference programme, which runs over 4 days.  Yesterday was a great day for us both, not only being able to jointly contribute and meet like-minded delegates from far away as Australia, but also providing us with new ways of developing our animal-based science sessions back at the museum.

Two such programmes, our Rainforest Investigators and Habitat Explorers sessions for primary schools, we combined and showcased for the delegates yesterday – and had them fully participating in our sustainability and amphibian conservation-focused workshop. It went down very well and was enjoyed by all involved – and we are already looking forward to supporting this great event again in the future!

Further details of the conference session available soon: Learning Manchester Blog

ASE Conference