Kent Retallick


Christmas Island National Park

Kent Has worked with the Christmas Island National Park since 2000.

His major achievements in this time were the completion of 5 Island Wide Surveys of the island and the baiting of approximately 1000 hectares of yellow crazy ant infestations.

Between 2004 and 2006, Kent was engaged with a Biodiversity Monitoring Program, looking into potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. This program exposed the dire situation endemic lizard species faced on the Island and in 2008, Kent was engaged to research the feasibility of a captive breeding program for these lizards.

Since approval was given to start the program, Kent has been head reptile keeper, collaborating with professionals, researchers, students and institutions for the future goals of the program.

Publications
The lost lizards of Christmas Island: A retrospective assessment of factors driving the collapse of a native reptile community
Conservation Science and Practice
Options beyond captivity for two critically endangered Christmas Island reptiles
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