15/04/2015

Striking Endangered geckos born at Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo has just welcomed the arrival of three Endangered yellow-headed day geckos.

Just days old, the yellow-headed day geckos are settling in well and can be seen in the Zoo’s Reptile House.

The yellow-headed day gecko population is declining in the wild due to habitat loss. As a result, it is now classified as an Endangered species, making it increasingly important to maintain a population in human care.

This species can be found in the tropical rainforest of Madagascar; the only place in the world they can be found. They usually live in small groups and spend most of their day basking in the sunshine. If disturbed, however, the lizards will immediately return to their hiding place; usually a small crack in the older or dead bamboo.

The yellow-headed day gecko has distinguishable features, such as a yellow head, a flattened body, a long snout and a turquoise back and tail. This lizard belongs to the smallest subfamily of day geckos. It can reach a total length of 8 to 10 cm although just 2.5cm at hatching.

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

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