The NZHS is deeply saddened by news of the loss of Tony Whitaker, arguably New Zealand’s greatest herpetologist!
Tony was hugely respected by all New Zealand ecologists and scientists, having been at the forefront of New Zealand herpetology for more than 40 years.
Recently, he was a recipient of a 2010 MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to herpetology and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 SRARNZ Conference.
The ‘Nationally Endangered’ Whitaker’s skink is named in his honour.
We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.