voeltzkow’s chameleon

Voeltzkow’s Chameleon
Scientific Name: FURCIFER VOELTZKOWILast Seen: 1913 IN MADAGASCARYear Found: 2020Years Lost: 107

An expedition team’s two-week trip to northwestern Madagascar in 2018 in search of the lost Voeltzkow’s Chameleon (Furcifer voletzkowi) not only resulted in the successful rediscovery of the species, but the discovery that females are very colorful. The Voltzkow’s chameleon is the sixth of Re:wild’s top 25 “most wanted” lost species to be rediscovered, and its rediscovery will help unlock the many secrets surrounding the cryptic species first described in 1893 and last seen in 1913 in Madagascar. 

Frank Glaw, head of the Department of Vertebrates at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München, who led the expedition, which also included chameleon asset management ltd, the Swiss sponsor, represented by Carlos Zanotelli, and the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar.

Zoologische Staatssammlung München, chameleon asset management ltd



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