Protecting Alligator Lizards - Project Abronia
|Continue Zoo Atlanta's efforts to support this critical conservation project.|
Zoo Atlanta partners with the Foundation for the Endangered Species of Guatemala on a new project to protect alligator lizards (Abronia campbelli) called Project Abronia. The program is modeled after Project Heloderma, another successful partnership between Zoo Atlanta and the Foundation for the Endangered Species of Guatemala that works to save Guatemalan beaded lizards.
In east central Guatemala, members of the Foundation for the Endangered Species of Guatemala recently rediscovered alligator lizards, which were previously believed to have gone extinct. Because of their recent rediscovery, very little is known about the lizards’ population size, distribution or natural history. Project Abronia seeks to educate local people about alligator lizards while tracking the movements of wild lizards in an effort to influence informed decisions on the restoration of their habitat.
Zoo Atlanta and the Foundation for the Endangered Species of Guatemala
Available habitat for alligator lizards is very limited, and the restoration of degraded habitat and preservation of existing land are crucial to protecting this species, as is public education. Alligator lizards have a bad reputation among local villagers, who believe this arboreal species to be venomous and capable of stinging with its tail.