Gecko vert de Bourbon translocation

The reintroduction of the Bourbon Green Gecko ( Phelsuma borbonica ) in particular should contribute to the restoration of all the functionalities of the semi-dry forest. This native species with traces found on the Grande Chaloupe site, is a likely pollinator of the trees of the semi-dry forest whose nectar and fruits are appreciated, such as the brown mazambron ( Aloe macra ) or the Petit Vacoa ( Pandanus sylvestris ).

50 individuals sampled

In preparation since 2009, the translocation of green Geckos de Bourbon from the Plaine d’Affouches site to the Grande Chaloupe is a first in La Réunion. Enriched by the experience of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation in Mauritius, the feasibility studies and the drafting of the protocol of the operation resulted in 2016 in the authorization of the translocation action by the National Protection Council of Mauritius. nature.

50 individuals were then sampled in April 2018 using PVC tubes on the source population of Bourbon Green Geckos from the “Hauts” of La Montagne, which is estimated at more than 1,000 individuals per year. Indian Ocean Nature Association (NOI). IUCN recommends not to harvest more than 10% of the total population of a protected animal species. To meet this criterion, 30 females and 20 males from the source population were sampled based on their size and weight.

This translocation operation, carried out by the LIFE + Forêt Sèche project with the support of NOI and agents from Réunion National Park, will lead to accurate monitoring (camera / fingerprinting device). In respect of the release protocol defined beforehand, the Geckos were introduced near planting sites, in the heart of the relics of the semi-dry forest of the Grande Chaloupe in the hope of recreating a functional forest.