A juvenile Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko). Though the animals are not currently considered endangered, extensive removals from the wild for the pet trade and use in traditional medicines have raised concern. At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18), the species was added to CITES Appendix II to enable greater monitoring and control of the trade in these geckos. See page 12 for AWI’s review of the successes and setbacks of CITES CoP18.
Photograph by Chien Lee, Minden Pictures