There are two day geckos here at the Zoo. One male hatched in 1999 and came here in 2001. Its offspring hatched here at the Zoo in 2004.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. They are listed in appendix II of CITES which prohibits their commercial trade.
Standing’s day geckos reside on trees in the dry, spiny forests of southwest Madagascar. Until the early 1990’s, the range of this species was one of the very few areas in Madagascar which was relatively undisturbed. However, because of increased deforestation, Standing’s day geckos are now of special concern and considered vulnerable.
Here at the Zoo these animals are fed waxworms, mealworms, crickets, fruit nectar, fresh fruit and calcium.
Standing’s Day geckos are true pairs. They live in partnerships in which, should one of the animals die, the remaining partner will not normally mate with another.
Day geckos have a clear, fixed plate covering their eyes and do not have eyelids. They use their long tongue to lick their eyeballs to keep them clean.
Day geckos have tiny, hair-like structures on the bottom of their flattened toe pads that allow them to climb up steep, slick surfaces such as glass or walls.