Geckos at home in ecosanctuary

Jewelled geckos introduced to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary last month are settling into their new home.

Nineteen geckos were moved to the wildlife haven from the Otago Peninsula, where they were under threat from loss of habitat and poaching.

Staff were building sub-enclosures for the geckos.

The translocation followed the reintroduction of kaka to thesanctuary earlier last year.

Ecosanctuary manager Chris Baillie said the kaka had divided themselves into groups and some spent more time outside the enclosure than others.

One spent eight to nine days at a time away but Ms Baillie was not sure where.

"They seem to be able to look after themselves. They're teenagers out exploring."

There were no concerns about the kaka's behaviour outside the enclosure so far, she said.


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