2021 Photo Competition

Date posted: 21-Jan-2021

2021 Photo Competition Now Open It is that time of year again when we are look..

Primary School Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

Dylan Lewis Y7 from Mahurangi College, Warkworth, being presented with the ..

Supporters of Tiritiri Inc and Fullers 360 Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

The NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair winner of the Supporters of Tiritiri ..

2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

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 ©