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The Pygmy Bluetongue is one of Australia’s rarest lizards. It was considered extinct until rediscovered near Burra in South Australia in 1992. These small lizards have the unusual habit of living down spider holes. Most of the lizards are found on farms in small isolated populations and working with the landholders to manage these precious populations is key to safeguarding the species. Zoos SA is trialling captive breeding and release for the species.

Zoos SA is represented on the Pygmy Bluetongue Recovery Team. Our project partners include Flinders University, the South Australian Museum and South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

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Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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