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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Unfortunately we can’t right all the world’s wrongs, but through showing care towards those we share our planet with we can make a difference. This past year has brought its ups and downs for us here, but we do hope we’ve made some difference to the lives of others – it certainly hasn’t been for the lack of trying!

Apart from caring for the animals, sharing our passion for conserving nature and the environment gives us all here a great deal of pleasure. Between us this year we have delivered many teaching sessions we feel have had real impact. Particularly rewarding have been the free sessions delivered to over 100 children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities which were specifically focused to provide one to one engagement with the animals.

Some of our outreach work included taking creatures to local youth zones who support youngsters and in June a memorable followup session took place at Brockholes Nature Reserve where we took young people from INSPIRE to engage them with more nature (https://vimeo.com/348692564).This local community engagement project was also initiated in memory of and as a legacy for one of our university colleagues who had recently passed away.

A new DNA programme for KS4/5 students was also developed and initiated by Kasia this year. The PCR workshops produced build on the amphibian conservation-related work of the Vivarium and include rare frog specimens in the sessions, which have been high successful and continue as part of the museum’s Learning Team offer.

Matt, who was awarded his MSc Degree with distinction, has also been involved in lots of teaching this year and was integral to the running of the Tropical Ecology and Conservation field course for the School of Biology Medicine and Health.

Travelling to Costa Rica, he supervised 10 undergraduate student projects and also helped facilitate the smooth running of the course.  Matt made a huge contribution and received exceptional feedback from both colleagues and students on his teaching ability (https://frogblogmanchester.com/2019/06/19/staying-sustainable/)

This year we acquired the only live captive specimens of the Variable Harlequin Frog outside Panama for the museum’s collection and the related project supports a remote indigenous rainforest community within the Santa Fe National Park. The project trains local people as researchers to fully involve them in scientific data collection and conservation work, and engages communities and schoolchildren to support care for their environment.

The project was launched by the Ambassador of Panama at Manchester Museum in March, and through our Sponsor a Frog scheme 20 state of the art data loggers are supporting environmental data collection in Santa Fe and 2000 primary school-based programme booklets have been provided. A Harlequin Frog Festival established with the community to raise awareness of the project now takes place on an annual basis.

As the new year approaches, and our blog visitors approach 700,000, which continues to reflect the attraction of audiences from every single country in the world (195 worldwide), we would like invite you take a look back through our Archives (Top right). This work wouldn’t be possible without all our supporters, and invaluable volunteers, who share our mindset on wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and social responsibility. To you we are extremely grateful, Thank you so much!

To all we wish a very Merry Christmas a great New Year ahead! X

 

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