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Frog Friday Live: 6 – EYES!


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Frog Friday Live 4: Hope


Tune in this Friday – 15th of May, for our latest instalment of Frog Friday Live from Manchester Museum, live at 1pm on our Twitter and Periscope channels. Watch the video below for a highlight of what we will be discussing….Hope and good news stories of frog conservation!

Preview: Frog Friday Live – Hope (15.05.20) from Matthew O’Donnell on Vimeo.


Outstanding Public and Community Engagement Award

Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity (PWCC)

Frog Fridays

Please join us on Fridays for Manchester Museum’s new Frog Friday – to be broadcast live from our vivarium at 1pm every week!

In the meantime, here’s a quick post to highlight one of my favourite enclosures here in the Vivarium, our mix species Poison-frog exhibit. This space has evolved over the years to the format that we have today, but even if I am a little biased, I don’t believe it has ever looked quite as good! Today it houses both the Strawberry Poison frog (Oophaga pumilio) and Green and Black Poison frog (Dendrobates auratus) as well as a few aquatic surprises in the front pond.

Even though we are currently closed, the animals and exhibits are still receiving the same level of care and attention, which means keeping on top of of the pruning that keeps our plants as well as our animals in fine fettle. These plants include many species that occur within the natural range of the frog species we house within the enclosures.

The result of this attention to detail is a well balanced ecosystem which can sustain lots of healthy species!


During times such as these, it is also important for us all to focus on our own health and wellbeing. During less challenging circumstances cultural institutions such as Museums play an increasingly important role. Thankfully, many of these institutions, including our own, have stepped up their online content, providing lots of really amazing resources for everyone to enjoy. I would thoroughly recommend taking the time to explore our dedicated website: https://www.mminquarantine.com/ and our new Frog Fridays (Live)

Strawberry-dart Frog    Jewels of the Caribbean

Help save Vanaqua

Important message from Darren Smy:

Atelopus varius zeteki, (c) Andrew Gray, Courtesy of The Vancouver Aquarium.

Dear Friends, as you may have heard the Vancouver Aquarium is facing a crisis. While we are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, our animal care teams are still at work ensuring our animals continue to receive the highest level of care. But this costs money, and without support we could be facing permanent closure in a couple of months. If you are able to help, please donate: https://vanaqua.org/saveva. No gift is too small to make a big difference!

For those of you that are not familiar with the work the Vancouver Aquarium has been involved with or continues to carry out please watch the video in the above link.

One other first I didn’t see mentioned is that we were also the first to breed Canada’s most endangered amphibian, the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa), under human care and have been continuing to do so for more than 10 years and this has led to other institutions that form the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team to also breed these animals for release. The offspring produced are released back into the wild to help sustain and boost existing populations to prevent thier loss from the Canadian ecosystem forever.

The online gift shop is still open for those that would like to donate that way https://vanaquashop.org/

The Vancouver Aquarium is a not-for-profit organisation and 85% of its operating budget comes from visitors at the front gate, cafe sales and gift shop purchases. Without that income the aquarium would not be able to function for long.

The aquarium is enjoyed by many people from all around the world and especially locals (those with kids particularly, who are probably all wishing it was open right now!) who I am sure would miss this educational resource and all the research and conservation projects that it continues to pioneer and provide. If you are in a position to donate and help out then please do!

Stay safe everyone and once things can return to some sort of normality hopefully the Aquarium will still be here for you to come and enjoy.



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