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Final year frogs

IMG_3304Hi! I’m Ben and throughout the final year of my Zoology degree at the University of Manchester I have been volunteering two days a week at the vivarium. This has supported my studies and has allowed me to get hands on with a live collection of amphibians and reptiles. The chance to make a difference in conservation and to work within a great herpetological collection has been second to none. Following on from my second year University field course in Costa Rica, I have had the pleasure of partnering my work here at the Museum with completing my final year project by filming and directing this short video.

I’m super excited to share with you the Vivarium’s brand new Variable Harlequin Toad Project in collaboration with the Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity (PWCC). This video spotlights the threats currently faced by amphibians and these special Atelopus toads and highlights our conservation work both here and in Panama. The film also provides rare and fascinating footage of our new toads, alongside the reasons as to why our work here at Manchester Museum is key to their survival. This has been a great opportunity and pleasure to make and I’m very grateful to everyone involved.

Click here to hear our male Atelopus varius calling:



The Variable Harlequin Toad Project: Benedict Wilson 

If you feel inspired by this video and new project then head to sponsorafrog.com to see how you can get involved too.


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