Tokay Gecko, scientifically known as Gekko gecko is a lizard species admired by people not only because of its appealing appearance but also because of its commercial value has been rescued by a team from Divisional Forest Office, Samdrup Jongkhar on 31 March 2016 from Dechen Primary School in Samdrup Jongkhar. The rescue exercise was done with utmost care by using a cage trap to ensure that there is no physical injury on the lizard.
It is suspected that one couple had been rearing the lizard but there is no concrete evidence to support the possession. However, it is not permissible as per Chapter VII, Sections 235 and 237 of the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulations of Bhutan 2017. The Sections 240 and 241 of the rule also clearly stated that no captive breeding shall be permitted unless certified by the Department of Forest and Park Services.
Nevertheless, a five member team lead by Mr. Chhimi Dorji, Sr. Forest Ranger II of the Division has relocated and released the Gecko in to the forest on the same day. Therefore, the Division like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to the house owner who provided information to one of the officers at the Department. Such type of timely information and helping hands will immensely contribute in conserving wildlife and biodiversity at large.
Reported by: Lhaba, Forest Officer, Samdrup Jongkhar Division