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The mampam website has been running for 16 years and aims to provide full details of projects at no charge. All out of print books and multimedia guides are provided here and full image archives are being developed for each project. This will complete the website's mission.

 

 

April 2012. Savannah Monitor Lizards now available as ebook 

December 2009. The Mampam Conservation Award for Cruelty to Reptiles, the Mampam Conservation Award for Mishandling and Abusing Reptiles and the Mampam Conservation Award for Disgraceful and Shameful Behaviour in Front of Impressionable Youth all go to Doctor Brady Barr of National Geographic. Congratulations to Doctor Brady Barr for his outstanding contributions in all these categories. Doctor Bardy Barr is invited to pick up his award, and hear his congratulatory speech, at a mutually convenient time and place. 

Savannah Monitor book. The price of this book will increase to $20 on 1st December 2009. 

1st September 2009 For sale: large collection of animal trapping equipment; camera traps, mist nets; sherman traps and more, email for list.

10th March 2008. A new range of sleeveless shirts available now!

22nd February 2008. The  Polillo Project Report - Wildlife and Conservation in the Polillo Islands is now online 

15th February 2008. The Polillo Butaan Project 2007 report is now online 

1st November 2007. The Bats of Madagascar - A field and echolocation guide is now online

25th October 2007.  Disclaimer re. Mario Lutz, herpaworld and the paradise reptile zoo 

Our new website was designed and made possible by Phil Black/VaranusWeb 

 
 

 

About Mampam
Bye Bye Butaan

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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >


 
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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.
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