Health Surveillance Survey of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Taronga Reptile Populations - Guiding Translocation Opportunities
Date: 01, Jan, 2019
Publisher: TSR Hub
This study forms part of an investigation into the feasibility of translocating the critically endangered Christmas
Island Lister’s gecko and blue tailed skink to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, as insurance populations to reduce the
risks of extinction.
To assess the risks associated with infectious disease transmission and exposure resulting from the translocation of
reptiles from Christmas Island and Taronga Zoo to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, gross and microscopic examination
of invasive species of lizards collected on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands was performed.
Additionally, the post mortem findings of Lister’s geckos and blue tailed skinks that died spontaneously at the
Taronga Zoo captive breeding colony were reviewed.
2.3.5 Reptile Report_V11.pdf