While the eradication of mammalian pest species will continue to be an important conservation focus in New Zealand, specific herpetofaunal conservation strategies include: captive breeding programmes, island restoration projects for extirpated populations (those which have been exterminated from their native locality), management of mainland habitats, and rehabilitation of resident lizard populations.
Herpetofauna play an important part in pollination, frugivory and associated seed dispersal, fulfilling key roles as predator and prey in food webs. As such our native herpetofauna have a significant place in conservation work, acting as indicator species for ecosystem health in New Zealand, particularly in places where mammalian predators have been removed (for example, Motuora Island).
Our membership is made up of members of the public as well as professional herpetologists, with many being actively involved in research and conservation projects, including:
- Coromandel striped gecko breeding programme
- Grand and Otago skink recovery programme
- Motuora Island restoration programme
- Rescue of moko skink at Whangamata harbour
We are proud to support conservation of our native herpetofauna, and encourage applications for our student scholarships.