A close-up image of a mottled gecko blending seamlessly with the rust-coloured rock surface it's clinging to, demonstrating the reptile's natural camouflage. Its skin texture and pattern mirror the rough, granular texture of the stone, highlighting the gecko's adaptation to its environment.

Port Hills Lizard Recovery & Relocation

The Christchurch earthquakes in 2011 resulted in the loss of habitat for the dwindling & nationally protected skink & gecko populations.

Abseil Access got together with conservation herpetologists and the council to mitigate the risks to the protected lizard species and re-locate individuals to safer environments.

Over 200 geckos and skinks were rescued, including the discovery of two-spotted skinks, not thought to inhabit the Port Hills area.

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