Conservation often focuses on the big and the beautiful in an effort to secure those precious dollars for conservation management. It's often assumed that people just won't want to support a project to protect a small brown lizard, no matter how endangered. I disagree, as conservationists we just need to work a little harder at telling the stories of even our least glamorous endangered species. As a herpetologist of course, I need no convincing. We can celebrate the eradication of cats and kiore from the hugely significant Hauturu/Little Barrier Island as the two single acts that ensure the future of this otherwise threatened skink. One day I'm sure that Great Barrier Islands will be pest free too, and when it is, these gorgeous skinks will recover to the common and abundant species they ought to be there too.

Copyright James Reardon and Last Planet Ltd. 2013

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