At one time, the Seychelles and the Mascarene Islands were home to the world’s richest diversity of oceanic island reptile fauna. But with the arrival of humans several centuries ago, deforestation and other environmental degradation decimated reptile populations.
In January 2013, Museum Curator Chris Raxworthy traveled to these islands in search of chameleons, geckos, and skinks. He hoped to rediscover lizards known only from bone material and specimens collected in the 19th and early 20th century.
See footage from the Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition.