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Saving Christmas Island's reptiles

geckoEnvironmental scientists are working alongside park rangers to protect Christmas Island’s remaining reptilian wildlife from extinction.

As five of the island’s six native reptiles are threatened with extinction, researchers from the National Environmental Research Program’s Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP’s EDH) are investigating how the last species in the wild – the giant gecko – is managing to evade the same fate.

The evidence they gather will be used to protect the giant geckos as well as the critically endangered blue-tailed skinks and Lister’s geckos from feral cats, rats, yellow crazy ants, wolf snakes and centipedes, says lead researcher Ms Melissa Wynn of NERP EDH and The Australian National University (ANU)...read the FULL STORY

You can also read our article in Decision Point magazine, Issue 83.