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Black Volta Monitor Lizard Page

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Varanus niloticus, juvenile. Black Volta River, Bui National Park, Ghana, July 1997
 
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Habitat of juvenile Varanus niloticus on the Black Volta River

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Varanus niloticus, adult, with spool and line device attached to tail. Shai Hills Reserve, Ghana, April 1996
 
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Fecal samples from adult Varanus niloticus on the Black Volta River


Full Report on Varanus niloticus at Bui >>

See also Bennett, D. 2002. Diet of Juvenile Varanus niloticus (Sauria: Varanidae) on the Black Volta River in Ghana. J. Herpetol., 36(1): 116-117.

There are two monitor lizards in Bui National Park, the Nile monitor Varanus niloticus and Bosc's monitor Varanus exathematicus. In Ghana the Nile monitor is completely protected by law. Bosc's monitor is not protected and many of them are caught each year to be shipped to the USA and Europe for the pet trade. You can read about our work with this species elsewhere on these pages.

For full details of this project, and others conducted at Bui National Park, see our Final Report.

The Black Volta Project was sponsored by

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THE BP CONSERVATION AWARDS
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Supported by Barclays PLC / Royal Geographical Society

THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND
 
 

 

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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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