03 Jun '11, 3pm

Traditional Chinese medicine trade takes toll on Indonesia's geckos

Traditional Chinese medicine trade takes toll on Indonesia's geckos Commentary by Erik Meijaard and Ramadhani Achdiawan June 01, 2011 This commentary original appeared at the Jakarta Globe as Where Have All the Geckos Gone? and has been posted here with the permission of the authors. The call of the tokek, or gecko, is one of the most familiar sounds in Indonesia. Next to the smell of clove cigarettes, the calls to prayer, the friendly smiles and the ferocious afternoon rainstorms, it stands as one of the most easily identifiable characteristics of the country. But when did you last hear a gecko call? When we recently considered this question, we couldn’t help but suspect that geckos are growing increasingly rare. We asked 65 Indonesian colleagues working in environmental research and natural resource management, and found that two-thirds of them felt that geckos were less...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0601-meijaard_geckos.html

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