The Mayor of Wellington is asking her constituents to look out for lizards in the capital.
The city's lizard population has declined due to loss of habitat and predation by introduced mammals, prompting Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to ask eco-sleuths to help with a survey about the distribution of species.
Ms Wade-Brown said the city is home to at least eight distinct species of lizards, including the striking Wellington green gecko.
"[This survey] aims to make Wellington an even healthier place to live for all our inhabitants - whether they are plants, animals or humans. Our biodiversity is one of the things that make Wellington such an interesting place to live."
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Helpful observations would include details about the reptile's location, a photo or description, such as its colour, size and species, and the date and time it was seen.
Lizard sightings can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 027 341 7373.