Lizards have existed for over 200 million years. Now, however, these animals find themselves in great danger! Over a quarter of all lizard species are threatened with extinction!
Save Lizards is a conservation initiative created and run by Lizard Conservationist - Matthew E. Matthew's conservation work has earned him both a Green Globe Nomination and an Award from the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation. Save Lizards is the only conservation effort that is solely dedicated to the preservation of all lizards.
Many conservation organizations have recognized the importance of education and awareness as a tool to help endangered species. This includes the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. As such, Matthew focuses his efforts to largely on outreach education. Therefore, the objective of Save Lizards is to educate the general public about the threats that lizard populations are facing, and providing information and how individuals can combat these threats. This includes habitat management, land stewardship, and informed decision making.
Flagship Species: The Five-Lined Skink
Matt's Save Lizards initiative is based in Ontario, Canada. As such the project's flagship species is Ontario's only native lizard the Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). To learn more about this declining species click here.