The largest and most endangered lizard in NZ; the chevron skink is alive
and well in Glenfern Sanctuary. Ben Barr, currently doing fieldwork
towards a Master’s Degree on the impact of rats on chevron skinks, has
caught 50 chevrons in two mature valley catchments in Glenfern
Sanctuary. These range in size from neo natal at 100mm to full size
adults at 350mm. Miniature transmitters have been attached to three
adults to monitor their dynamics in varying environments and weather
Only 300 chevrons have been found in the wild since they were first
discovered on Little Barrier and Great Barrier Islands so to have 50
turn up in two valleys on Glenfern Sanctuary is remarkable.
Rat and cat control in Glenfern Sanctuary over the last seven years may
have had an impact on the ability of these skinks to survive. The pest
exclusion fence now under construction across the peninsula can only
enhance their survival rate.
“I feel privileged to have this iconic endangered species living so
close on our property and to be able to provide a safe environment for
their continued survival,” says Tony Bouzaid, Chairman of the Glenfern
Sanctuary Charitable Trust.