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Butaan Project
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Polillo Butaan Project Final Report 1999-2010
Varanus bitatawa
Videos from the Butaan Project
Butaan are Obligate Frugivores!
Butaan Jump from Incredible Heights!
Monitoring Individuals 3
Monitoring Individuals 2
Monitoring Individuals 1
The Butaan Project - Background and History
The Butaan Project - Monitoring Populations
The Butaan Project - Conservation
The Butaan Project - Foraging behaviour
The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Research
 
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    Five Facts about Savannah Monitors

    1. It is estimated that 90% of savannah montor lizards do not survive their first year of captivity.

    2. The USA is by far the biggest importer of savannah monitors

    3. Savannah monitor lizards are one of the commonest dumped/unwanted pets according to animal rescue centers

    4. It is estimated that less than 0.003% of the savannah monitors exported into the USA reproduced in captivity

    5. Savannah monitor lizards are all wild caught, either as babies, eggs or as gravid adult females

     

    Five Myths about Savannah Monitors

    1. Wild savannah monitors are highly opportunistic scavengers a bit like vultures

    2. Savannah monitors come from dry places

    3. Savannah monitors are undemanding in captivity

    4. Savannah monitors are hardy and easy to keep

    5. Savannah monitors are ideal for beginners
     
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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project

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Since 1999 the Butaan Project has been studying the rare, endangered, and unique fruit-eating monitor lizards of the Philippines.  Butaan is just one of several races of frugivorous monitor lizards in the Philippines ("Pandan Biawak"), all of which are of at least as great a conservation concern as the Komodo dragon, but receive virtually none of the attention. Pandan Biawak occur only in lowland dipterocarp forest. The first species (Butaan) was discovered in 1845 and not seen alive by a scientist until the late 1970s. The next species (Mabitang) was discovered in 2001. Other species remain undescribed, and some may have gone extinct without ever having been recognised.

 

 

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