Director, Madagasikara Voakajy
Research: Conservation of overlooked threatened species: Barbour's day gecko in Madagascar
Species/Topic: Day geckoes
Abstract: Madagascar's endemic reptiles, with the exception of its tortoises, have received little conservation attention. The day geckoes (Phelsuma) are a diverse group with many Malagasy species restricted to small areas and threatened by habitat loss. This project will assess the conservation status of a montane rock-dwelling species, Phelsuma barbouri, which is likely to be impacted by climate change. The information obtained during the survey will contribute to the campaign to create a protected area at the Ankaratra Massif and to include this location as an Alliance for Zero Extinction site.