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Reef Watch set to become an annual event
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Over 100 people participated in the first ever Reef Watch hosted by the Bermuda Zoological Society that raised more than $21,000 for reef conservation awareness


Recently Held “Reef Watch” Hailed A Success
Friday, September 06, 2013

On Saturday [Aug 31], 21 boats made their way to over 40 reef sites around the island to take survey of the state of the coral, color and quantity of specific types of fish.


Reef Watch was fun and useful… …and volunteers are wanted all year round
Friday, September 06, 2013

Who knew that armed with just mask, snorkel, clipboard and a hula-hoop you can become a citizen scientist?


Reef Watch raise more than $15k
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The inaugural Reef Watch citizen science research and awareness drive on Saturday has so far so far raised some $15k.


Turtle Hill Golf Club & BAMZ Turtle Project
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Fairmont Southampton’s Championship Par 3 golf course, The Turtle Hill Golf Club, is living up to its name. The golf club was rebranded to the current name in October 2012 to portray an authentically local name, and to bring awareness to the sea turtle preservation efforts in Bermuda.



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All the latest updates and news from the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, one of Bermuda's leading visitor attractions!

UK Zoo continues work with Bermuda skinks
Bernews
Thursday, August 15, 2013

After finding themselves a new home in the Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom earlier this summer, the troubled Bermuda skink is getting a new chance at success as a species as zoo officials begin putting together a guide aimed at helping those with a hand in conservation services on the island to more easily breed and protect the highly endangered lizard.

Curators from the Chester Zoo returned 12 of the animals to their facility in July, aiming to study them in order to determine best practices in helping them to survive long into the future despite their heavily depleted numbers on the island. Now, with a month of general study behind them, the zoo’s experts will begin compiling something of a how-to guide concerning how best to rear and care for the lizards in captivity, aiming to help Bermudians with the same worthy goal to steer the creatures away from possible extinction.

The Bermuda skink, once plentiful on the island, has fallen victim to a combination of loss of habitat, the introduction of new predators such as cats and lizard-eating birds, and the general fragmentation of their populations. In order to combat these effects, local researchers are attempting to breed the skink in captivity, but not always to positive results; the upcoming guide to be produced by experts at the Chester Zoo aims to improve those results.

The six pairs of skinks currently residing at the Chester Zoo are just now entering their breeding season, and the UK team has set aside a year to study their habits and biology, and then microchip the lizards before they are released into the wild in order to track their survival rate.

Once ready, the results of the effort and the guide itself will be handed over to Bermuda’s Department of Conservation Services and the Bermuda Zoological Society in order to aid in their efforts to give the Bermuda skink a new lease on life.

Click here to visit the BBC’s Bermuda skink gallery of photographs