Scientist confirms sighting of rare skink

April 2016

Dylan van Winkel a lead scientist in Babbage’s Bioresearches team has confirmed a skink spotted near Rotorua in March was a rare striped skink - the first time one has been seen in the area for 20-30 years. 

One of New Zealand's least known and rarely seen lizards has been spotted near Rotorua for the first time in at least two decades.

The striped skink was discovered in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve by a group of two guides and 10 customers on a Rotorua Canopy Tours ziplining trip about two weeks ago.

It was spotted on the side of an ancient rimu tree, which was seven stories high, on the tour's highest zipline platform. Read more in the  Rotorua Daily Post

Dylan is one of New Zealand’s leading reptile experts and has a special interest in Pacific and Melanesian reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna).

The Babbage Bioresearches group is a team of specialist ecologists who are recognised experts in their fields. They provide expert advice on ecological issues and have sound understanding of all relevant legislation, including the Resource Management Act and the Wildlife Act.

Learn more about how the team can help you with expert advice on your project here - www.bioresearches.co.nz

Bioresearches scientist Dylan van Winkel's specialist knowledge was called upon to confirm a sighting of the rare NZ striped skink close to Rotorua.
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