Mitigating habitat loss by artificial egg laying sites for Reunion day gecko Phelsuma borbonica, Sainte Rose, Reunion Island

  • Published source details Sanchez M. (2012) Mitigating habitat loss by artificial egg laying sites for Reunion day gecko Phelsuma borbonica, Sainte Rose, Reunion Island. Conservation Evidence, 9, 17-22.


During the construction of a water storage tank for a hydroelectric plant, areas of natural habitat of the Reunion day gecko were destroyed by embankments of deposited excavated material.  To offset this impact and encourage the gecko’s return, 40 artificial egg laying site (AELS) were established in the area between September 2009 and July 2010. An AELS provides the gecko with a site for oviposition, shelter and basking. Since their installation, the number of AELS used for reproduction increased from 11.8 % (4/34) in June 2010 to 20% (8/40) in September 2011. Also, the number of eggs has progressively increased: 10 in June 2010, 23 in September 2010, 36 in March 2011 and 41 in September 2011.

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