News 2010

Keng Liang Anson Wong charged with smuggling endangered boas

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 17:09

Smuggler caught after bag holding 95 boa constrictors bursts open at airport.

A man has pleaded guilty after his bag containing snakes broke open on a luggage belt at Kuala Lumpur International airport.

Smuggler caught after bag holding 95 boa constrictors bursts open at airport. 3rd September 2010.

Gecko numbers under scrutiny

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Thu, 05/08/2010 - 10:07

Development of a $20,000 lizard monitoring plan, by the Auckland Regional Council, will help assess the status of lizard populations across the entire Auckland isthmus.

The Auckland Regional Council, in association with Bioresearches Group Ltd and Ecogecko Consultants, have developed a long-term lizard monitoring programme that will be established in a number of Regional Parks. The aim of the project is to assess the current status of the gecko populations and measure any changes in lizard abundance over time, now that pest-control operations are underway.

Skinks slink to new home

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Sun, 18/07/2010 - 11:25

Three Otago skinks and five grand skinks from the high country near Wanaka were released into a predator-proof enclosure yesterday on the outskirts of Christchurch as part of a breeding programme.

The $100,000 purpose-built "skinkery" is part of Isaac Wildlife Trust's 1000-hectare Peacock Springs Wildlife Park at McLeans Island.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said the skinks' move was a major step for the critically endangered species, which were among New Zealand's largest lizards.

Excitement as second baby tuatara appears

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Sun, 18/07/2010 - 11:20

For only the second time in more than 200 years, a baby tuatara has been spotted on the mainland, leading experts to believe there could be more breeding in Wellington.

EXCITING FIND: A baby tuatara at Zealandia is a breakthrough for the species' breeding on the mainland - it's believed to be the second seen in 200 years.

Read more in the Dominion Post.