Tokay gecko http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/46200/all en Asian gecko threatened by medicine trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/asian-gecko-threatened-by-medicine-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Activists warned Thursday that wild populations of Southeast Asia's striking Tokay Gecko were in danger of being over-hunted for use in traditional medicine in China and other countries.</p> <p>Calling the trade "colossal", wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC called on authorities in the region to implement tougher regulations and limits on commerce involving the lizard, the second-largest gecko species.</p> <p>"The majority of Tokay Geckos consumed as part of this trade are harvested from the wild," said a new TRAFFIC study.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/asian-gecko-threatened-by-medicine-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gekkonidae Herpetology Social Issues Tokay gecko AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:15:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5810106 at http://www.globalpost.com