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Assessment and conservation of the giant gomeran lizard (Gaiotia bravoana)
  1. S. J. Hernandez-Divers, BSC, CBiol, MIBiol, BVetMed, DZooMed(reptilian), MRCVS1,
  2. M. Lafortune, DMV, MSc2,
  3. A. Martínez-Silvestre, DVM, MSc, MRCVS3 and
  4. J. Pether4
  1. 1 Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7390, USA
  2. 2 Zoological Medicine, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, PO Box 100126, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida 32610-0126, USA
  3. 3 Catalonian Reptile and Amphibian Rehabilitation Centre (CRARC), 08783 Masquefa, Barcelona, Spain
  4. 4 Centro de Investigaciones Herpetologícas, PO Box 101, 35460 Gáldar, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain


In June 1999, a species of lizard previously considered extinct was rediscovered on the island of La Gomera, Spain. The giant gomeran lizard, Galotia bravoana, is highly endangered and at risk of extinction by the feral cat population. A conservation effort to save the species was initiatived by the regional and central Spanish government and six lizards were captured and brought into captivity. This paper describes the results of the initial assessment of the health of the animals, by a physical examination and by haematological, biochemical, radiographical and coprological investigations. The methods used to maintain the animals in captivity are described and the first captive breeding success is reported.

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