The micro-climate between tent inner and outer sheets are a perfect environment for Phelsuma day geckos, who then may even set up their home territory and stick around! This particular gecko is currently bravely guarding our Conservation Research Coordinator’s tent.
In the littoral forests of Sainte Luce there are 4 species of Madagascan day gecko, including the critically endangered Phelsuma antanosy, a species reliant on specific palm species. The loss or reduction of these crucial palms will have a knock-on effect on these beautiful geckos, and many other species including a number of endemic frogs. Research into the day geckos is vital for informing conservation measures such as protection area priorities and replanting.