VULNERABLE lizard

Animal Scene - - SCALY SPECIAL -

Not much is known about the sail­fin and ob­serv­ing them in the wild has be­come more dif­fi­cult with their Vulnerable sta­tus in the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN) Red List of Threat­ened Species. The rea­sons for this sta­tus are the usual for most en­dan­gered species: habi­tat loss and de­struc­tion and hunt­ing for the pet trade. Ac­cord­ing to sail­find­ragon. com (an old web­site last copy­righted in 2005), the sail­fin was ex­ported for trade from the Philip­pines un­til 1994 when trade to the US was stopped. Soon af­ter, it be­came il­le­gal to ex­port them to the rest of the world. Thus, any sail­fins that make it to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket th­ese days are likely In­done­sian va­ri­eties.

There are con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, of course. Arkive.org notes that Ch­ester Zoo in Cheshire, Eng­land has a cap­tive breed­ing pro­gram. There are also three lo­cal res­cue and breed­ing cen­ters in Ne­gros and Panay to help es­tab­lish lo­cal breed­ing, re­search, and ed­u­ca­tion projects.

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