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Zoo staff help rare reptiles after Mauritius oil spill

Conservationists from Jersey have helped to rescue three species of rare reptiles after an oil spill near Mauritius.

The reptiles have now arrived at Jersey Zoo, where they will be looked after and will take part in a breeding programme, before being released back into the wild.

The oil spill happened in July after a Japanese bulk carrier crashed into a coral reef south of the island.

Together with wildlife trusts in Mauritius, conservationists from Durrell made an emergency rescue of lesser night geckos, Bojer’s skinks, and Bouton’s skinks – which are at risk of dying out in the wild.

BBC Jersey News

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