Visitors to the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary now have the chance to see Duvaucel's gecko in the wild.
A team of scientists and volunteers, including our president Chris Wedding and members Manuela Barry and Nick Harker, have re-introduced 80 Duvaucel's gecko into the park. A ten year monitoring programme has been set up to track the post-release success of Duvaucel's gecko, as well as to monitor their impact on other resident geckos.
Predator control at Macraes Flat sees a massive increase in Otago skink population.
For the full story visit https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/skink-population-quadrupled.
One of our most experienced members Dennis Keall helps put a living face to conservation efforts at 'Predator Free by 2050' announcement at Zealandia!
National have announced a new joint venture project called 'Predator free by 2050'.
An excerpt from the National Party news release:
New Zealand to be Predator Free by 2050
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 15:30
Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050.
A new book edited by David Chapple due out in September focussing on our native herpetofauna. Currently offered with a 20% discount for e book or hardback. Click on the link for more info on the exciting new book out in September.
Warning for keepers of exotic reptiles - dangerous lamps on sale by various Chinese and UK retailers.
Keepers of exotic reptiles requiring UV light and heat please be aware that there are a dangerous lamps on sale (NZ natives should not be kept outdoors under normal sunlight).
Three venomous yellow bellied sea snakes have now been found on Taranaki Shores.
Yellow bellied sea snakes have now been seen this year on Tapuae Estate Beach, New Plymouth's Back Beach and Patea river. The species are classified as a New Zealand native, visiting our shores sporadically. The venoumous species are distinctive with a yellow belly contrasting with a dark back and paddle shaped tail. DOC recommend that anyone encountering one should stay at a safe distance, take a photo and report the sighting to DOC.
Full articles in stuff.co.nz:
A pair of rare Coromandel striped geckos were recently released in the Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on the Coromandel Peninsular.
One of our highly experienced members, Doug Ashby, cared for the animals for the past 6 years collecting valuable information about this rare and enigmatic species.
The Department of Conservation welcome any sightings and photos of the species. Contact Rob Chappell on 0274750982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Conservation have extended the timeframe for comments until August 26 2015. For more information on the outside in process (review of widlife, research and collection authorisations) please see the DOC website.
Members are encouraged to provide their comments to DOC on the review of wildlife, research and collection authorisation process (outside in). An extension has been given till the 26th of August 2015.