A recent field trip to the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra New Protected Area has returned new information on a Critically endangered lizard – Pronk’s day gecko. It has a flattened cream body with black and yellow stripes. It turns out this colour pattern give the gecko perfect camouflage for dead trees. Perhaps it is no surprise that of the 21 Pronk’s day geckos that we found over the three weeks of searching - all of them were on dead trees. We searched in many different habitat types including closed canopy forest, Lantana shrub and woodland. We were surprised to find Pronk’s day gecko not only in the forest but also in distrubed grassy areas where dead trees were present. Some of the areas where we found the highest abundance of geckos had many dead trees but hardly any live ones and this may present a problem for the future of the gecko population, because a range of tree life stages are needed to be able to continually replace the dead trees on which Pronk’s day gecko were found. We are heading back to the field shortly to examine the habitat of Pronk’s day gecko in more detail.
The Antanosy gecko, Phelsuma antanosy, is Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List. It is only found in the Anosy Region, in southeastern Madagascar, particularly around the QMM mining area. A workshop aiming to develop a Conservation Strategy for this species was organized on 13-15th June 2012 at the Hotel Marina, Fort-Dauphin.
The vision for the conservation of the species, defined at the workshop was: "The conservation and sustainable use of the Antanosy gecko and its habitats by all stakeholders enhance the development of Anosy Region". Three goals, nine specific objectives and 90 actions were defined. The Strategy document will be available in November 2012.
The workshop has seen the participation of local communities, local and regional authorities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and conservation organizations working in the Region. We are grateful to all participants and funders: Fauna and Flora International and Qit Minerals Madagascar.
|Phelsuma antanosy is a Critically Endangered day gecko that is only found in a few forest fragments in the south-east of Madagascar.|