As part of a three-year reintroduction, Marwell Wildlife has released 80 juvenile Sand lizards Lacerta agilis onto Eelmoor Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), near Farnborough. The release forms part of the broader strategy to re-establish this rare lizard back into its historic range across England and is an important milestone for Marwell’s UK conservation work.
The world is facing a biodiversity crisis and populations of surviving species have substantially declined.
Marwell Wildlife, Al Ain Zoo, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and San Diego Zoo Global have initiated a project with the Tunisian Direction Générale des Forêts to evaluate the genetic diversity of addax across global ex-situ populations and the Tunisian metapopulation
A breeding colony of sand lizards Lacerta agilis first established at Marwell Zoo in 1989 has now led to the re-establishment of 26 populations of this rare reptile across the south of England.