Junior Youth Board’s Vivarium adventures!

Junior Youth Board's Vivarium adventures!

As today was the first Youth Board meeting since the opening of The Vivarium, the (very lucky) Junior Youth Board were treated to a tour of the newly redeveloped gallery. The museum has housed live animals for the past 50 years this year, and this is one of the most unique aspects of Manchester Museum.
We started of the visit using some of the museums Ipads to capture images of the beautiful plants and animals on display – and then turning the images into the ‘photoboards’ like the one you can see above! With these the Youth Board members could even add captions and ‘stickers’ – some of the most imaginative even suggesting what the animals might say – should they be able to talk! The rest of the photo boards can be seen on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0097009/photos/92803520@N03/ .
After we had explored for ourselves, we were given a highly informative tour of the gallery area by Adam, one of the vivarium staff, who obviously knew a lot about the frogs and reptiles living there! We even got to see the fire salamanders who aren’t usually on display – but were both fascinating and beautiful to look at, with an amazing black and yellow pattern of irregular spots! We also got to see the chameleon being fed – flicking out his long, sticky tongue to catch and insect further than its own body length away! The Chameleon was certainly a highlight of the day for the Junior youth board members, who were still talking about it as they devoured their own lunches!
If you’re interested in finding out about any of the fascinating animals in the vivarium, take a look at http://frogblogmanchester.com/ to find out more!

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