Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Duvaucel's gecko

Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) is New Zealand's largest gecko. They grow up to 30cm in length (nose to tail) and can weigh up to 120 grams. They live in forest and scrub and are mainly nocturnal, foraging both on the ground and in trees, feeding on large invertebrates such as weta. 

Like many native lizards, they were probably once widespread on the mainland, but have been decimated by introduced mammalian predators and are now largely confined to offshore islands. A dead Duvaucel's gecko was found on the North Island in 2010, suggesting that there might still be some small, isolated mainland populations.

Nineteen Duvaucel's geckos were introduced onto Tiritiri Matangi in 2006. Regular surveys have indicated that they have bred successfully and begun to spread out from the original release site. In early 2013, a further 92 have been released at three different sites on the Island. These include a mixture of wild-caught and captive-bred individuals. They are being monitored closely over a period of at least five years in order to provide robust data which will help inform future efforts to conserve the species.

The gecko in the above photo has just been weighed and measured and marked with a number (which quickly wears off). 

The photo on the left shows the inky footprints of a Duvaucel's gecko on a tracking card used for monitoring the population. 

Photos: Kay Milton ©