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In the Vivarium we have small team of dedicated volunteers who consist mainly of zoology and biology students from Manchester. We are also very pleased to have our regular volunteers involved on a daily basis in the Vivarium with our ‘hands on’ table (pictured). All our volunteers are valued members of the team and we hope that the professional experience they receive whilst working with us is highly enjoyable and goes some way to helping support their chosen course and future profession.


image003‘Hi, I’m Sophie! I’m a second year Wildlife and Practical Conservation student at the University of Salford. I’ve recently started volunteering in Manchester Museum’s vivarium, coming in once a week to help out. It’s a privilege to get to work behind the scenes in such a fascinating collection, getting up close and personal with some critically endangered amphibians! I’ve got a soft spot for tropical frogs, inspired by my love of traveling. I spent last summer in the Peruvian Amazon where I got to work with them in their natural environment, and ended up getting very attached to them! It’s great to be able to volunteer in the vivarium and be part of the effort to conserve these endangered species. Working with the curator Andrew and with Kasia means I learn something new every day. The resident male chameleon, is an animal I never thought I would get to meet when I first moved to Manchester!’


image004‘Hi, I’m John, I’m a PhD student at the University of Liverpool and a lover of all things reptilian, and have been volunteering at the museum vivarium since November 2017. Having studied zoology at the University of Manchester, I participated in field work in Costa Rica run by Andrew, the curator of herpetology, where I gained a new appreciation for the tireless amphibian conservation work being done in the region. As volunteer, I work with Katherine (assistant curator) to help with the daily care needs of the rare frog and educational species on display. Many of the animals in the vivarium are endangered due to anthropogenic pressures, including climate change and deforestation, and I feel fortunate to be involved in the important conservation work being performed by the vivarium team. The vivarium breeds some of the world most critically endangered frogs in hope of studying the most effective ways to captive breed for reintroduction to bolster wild population. My favourite part of this “job” (jobs shouldn’t be this fun!) is spending time with the chameleons with their unique personalities, and of course the wonderful people at the museum!’


IMG_8624 copy‘Hi, I’m Becci and I have been at The Vivarium since April 2017 working as a volunteer and casual assistant. I recently completed my bachelor degree in wildlife conservation and ecology, with my thesis focused on tropical butterflies in Latin America. This work, coupled with my love of amphibians, lead me to plan a field research trip to the Ecuadorian rainforest in summer 2017. This ties in with the work at the Vivarium, as we focus on maintaining genetically diverse populations of endangered tropical frogs, so that no matter what happens to their wild cousins, they will never become extinct. Working with both in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects, I have learned a lot about how we can help to save animals and the ecosystems they live in. It is a pleasure and privilege to be a part of it, and I hope more and more people are inspired to do something positive for the planet each day’.


2 Responses

  1. Hi Mille
    That’s amazing, I love your frog blog!
    Saskia xxx

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