EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko

(Uroplatus henkeli)

 Matthew Cook 
Institution:   Chester Zoo

EAZA Member Area


Chester Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List VU


Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Insurance
This role contemplates the possibility to build a strong population with representation in several collections. A second phase would focus on reintroduction of the species depending on suitability.

 Monitoring wild populations
Using non-intrusive genetic sampling techniques (i.e. mouth swabs) with the populations in Magabe (Madagascar).
Indirect Conservation icon  Husbandry research
This role is aiming to develop concise husbandry guidelines and best breeding practices. There is a great potential to develop skills that are very likely transferable to other species of Uroplatus. There are several other species with conservation significance where husbandry would be similar to U. henkeli.

Focusing on iris identification and marking geckos using implanted microchips.

Programme numbers

In July 2021, the Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko EEP had 76 animals in 22 institutions*.

*This included group counts

  • The Reptile TAG has a closed Facebook group that is mainly for zoo staff working with reptiles and amphibians in EAZA Members where regularly updates and news articles are published. 
  • EAZA recently published the 2021 TAG Annual Report with an update from the Reptile TAG and their activities in 2021 (page 13). 

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