A detailed image of a skink with distinctive yellow and black patterning, blending into the natural environment of moss and lichen-covered rocks.

Fiordland National Park Sinbad Skink


Abseil Access was engaged by the Department of Conservation to search a 300m high alpine cliff in a remote part of the Fiordland National Park to identify and photograph a Sinbad Skink. This required helicopter access and saw the team camping on-site for the duration of the scope.

The skink was believed to only live on the cliff but had never been found. Three DOC lizard experts joined our team (watching from the side) for three days while we patiently and quietly abseiled down the cliff, waiting on the ledges for up to 6 hours. On day three, the team spotted one and successfully photographed it.


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