INFO SHEET - Conservation rankings - Ranking species according to their risk of extinction is an important conservation tool. There are 2 major systems recognised in New Zealand – the IUCN Red List and the New Zealand Threat Classification System.
INFO SHEET: Extinction - A species is considered extinct when there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died (IUCN). In New Zealand, a number of our native reptiles and amphibians are threatened with extinction.
INTERACTIVE: Unique New Zealand. New Zealand’s reptiles and amphibians have many unique adaptations and unusual life processes. Click on any of the animals to view short video clips and images to learn more.
STUDENT ACTIVITY- Similarities and differences: skinks and geckos - In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate the key similarities and differences between skinks and geckos.
INFO SHEET: Native skinks and geckos - Skinks and geckos are the only 2 native families of lizard found in New Zealand. Although they share a number of common characteristics, there are some significant differences between them.
Since 2006 a number of Wellington green geckos have been moved to Matiu/Somes Island. This predator-free island in Wellington’s harbour is a key site in the Department of Conservation’s translocation programme.
Student Activity - Conservation ranking in action - In this activity, students work in small groups to rank a number of native reptiles and amphibians according to their conservation threat status or risk of extinction.