SJ8496 : Manchester Museum Vivarium, Strawberry Poison-dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Museum Vivarium, Strawberry Poison-dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)
Manchester Museum Vivarium, Strawberry Poison-dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)
One of the most popular and distinctive of all the Museum’s galleries, is the newly redeveloped vivarium (which opened in autumn 2013).

The Manchester Museum is one of the very few that boasts a comprehensive collection of live reptiles on display and which also plays a leading role in the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered amphibians. The vivarium is dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to several species of frogs, reptiles and lizards from South America, Australia and Madagascar.

This tiny frog is a Strawberry Poison-dart Fog which lives in the Central American Rainforest. Despite their bright colour, which acts as a warning to predators that they are poisonous if eaten, they were not easy to spot in the vivarium as they're only about 20mm (about ¾ inch) in length.

It is suggested that, the “poison-dart” part of the name came about because the indigenous natives of the rainforest used the toxic secretions of the frogs to poison the tips of blowdarts (however, curare plants were more commonly used for this purpose)

The photograph may appear to be a little "soft" as there was a fine mist of water in the vivarium to simulate the tropical conditions.
The Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history. It is owned by the University of Manchester is sited on Oxford Road at the heart of the university's group of neo-Gothic buildings.

The Manchester Museum started life with the purchase of the collection of the Manchester manufacturer John Leigh Philips and the creation of the Manchester Natural History Society in 1821. They displayed the collection in their Peter Street premises and in 1850 they added the collection of the Manchester Geological Society. Owens College (now the University of Manchester) accepted responsibility for the collections in 1867.

The college commissioned Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the Town Hall and London's magnificent Natural History Museum, to design a museum to house the collections for the benefit of students and the public on a site in Oxford Road (then Oxford Street). The Manchester Museum was opened to the public in 1888. The 1912 extension, The Jesse Haworth pavilion, is Grade II-listed (English Heritage Building ID: 454842 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

By the twentieth century, the collection was split into archaeology, botany, Egyptology, entomology, ethnography, mineralogy, palaeontology, numismatics and zoology, as well as live specimens in the aquarium and vivarium. Providing access to about 6 million items from every continent, it is now the UK's largest university museum and serves both as a major visitor attraction and as a resource for academic research and teaching. It has around 360,000 visitors each year (LinkExternal link The History of The Manchester Museum). The Gothic Revival street frontage which continues to the Whitworth Hall has been ingeniously integrated by three generations of the Waterhouse family.

In 1997 the Museum was awarded a £12.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and this, together with money from the European Regional Development Fund, the University of Manchester, the Wellcome Trust, The Wolfson Foundation and other sponsors enabled the Museum to refurbish and expand including the addition of a museum café in the former Dental School. The renewed museum opened in 2003 (LinkExternal link Manchester History Net).
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Educational sites  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  City, Town centre 
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