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Paintings for Paignton

This week we had Luke Harding and Katy Upton from Paignton Zoo visit to collect ten Harlequin Toad specimens we are providing them with. The stunning specimens, which each look like they have been individually painted, are an unusual form of Atelopus spumarius. Paignton Zoo in Devon is now the only institution in the UK to keep these special South American toads.

Manchester Museum has previously maintained several species of Atelopus and this South American species was acquired to help us further develop our husbandry skills for keeping a related Central American species.

It’s a real pleasure for us to provide these specimens, which we can all learn from, in support of the great amphibian-related work already being conducted at Paignton Zoo. Knowing how committed Luke and Katy are to the amphibian conservation work at Paignton we feel confident the specimens will do very well there. It was really great to see them both again and we hope this will support the development of further links between our institutions.

Paignton Zoo Amphibian Ark Experience

 

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