We are working to identify the priority reptile species for conservation and sustainable use.
In 2011 we led the project to include all Malagasy snakes and lizards on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This has enabled us to focus current research and conservation efforts on the most threatened species, and we are currently working on four Critically Endangered species: Tarzan's chameleon, Belalanda Chameleon, Ankaratra Gecko and Antanosy Gecko.
Equally, some species of reptile are not particularly threatened and occur in large numbers of a wide area. When these species can attract commercial interest from international pet markets we are working with the Malagasy CITES authorities to ensure that any export of reptiles does not adversely impact wild populations.