Jersey becomes ‘ark’ for endangered lizards rescued from oil spill

Jersey becomes ‘ark’ for endangered lizards rescued from oil spill

Skinks and geckos saved from disaster on Mauritian islets have successfully bred in zoo

Endangered reptiles rescued from Mauritian islands that were contaminated by a devastating oil spill have bred successfully in captivity for the first time, raising hopes that populations can be restored to the wild.

Bojer’s skink – a small, shiny reptile only found on tiny islets off Mauritius – has been bred by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust scientists at Jersey zoo. Two other imperilled species, the lesser night gecko and Bouton’s skink, have also been brought to the zoo, with the geckos breeding successfully as well.

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