Madagascar

Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko

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area

Montagne d'Ambre National Park

First National Park of Madagascar, Montagne d’Ambre represents a dense rainforest with a very high rate of endemism including thousands of species of precious woods … which make it a real melting pot of biological diversity grouped in a small area of relatively easy access. It attracts annually thousands of tourists passing through the coasts of Madagascar, happy to find themselves in this little jewel of biodiversity.
The Montagne d’Ambre National Park also provides very important ecosystem services including the supply of drinking water to the urban city of Diego.
It is one of the 15 pilot sites that are candidates for the IUCN green list certification process.

species

Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko

Uroplatus sikorae is a nocturnal and arboreal gecko. This species is endemic to Madagascar and is of exceptional and attractive value to the park because of its ability to camouflage itself on tree mosses. It is classified as of minor concern (LC) in the IUCN red list but with a rapid decline of the population due mainly to habitat degradation and has a tolerance in humidity (climate change). This gecko rarely descends to the ground and is highly dependent on its biotope. This gecko lives in the mid-altitude rainforest and is active in the forest understory, between one and five meters high.
Uroplatus sikorae has a tolerance for humidity and could be a good indicator for climate change for its natural habitat. As a forest dependent species, the population is likely to decline. This gecko tolerates a moderate degree of habitat degradation, it cannot survive in deforested areas and may be absent in heavily degraded forests. It is confined to a highly endangered area of Madagascar such as the Montagne d’Ambre National Park.
This species is very sensitive to the degradation of its habitat, so the Montagne d’Ambre National Park focuses its conservation strategy on the fight against land clearing. To this end, the park supports the local community through the development of alternative sources of income and improvement of modern techniques for agriculture, in order to fight against land clearing. In addition, specific conservation measures usually carried out by the park are ecological monitoring and research in relation to the species.

Eric Heisey - Parc National Montagne d'Ambre

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