Learn from the Scientists
Come and say hello to Fiji’s amazing reptiles. Learn from Monal and Helen the habits and habitats of Fiji’s geckos and snakes.
Monal will show you his favourite geckos and tell you all about them. He collected these after many hours of tramping through the forest.
Helen will introduce four of her snakes, one female from Kadavu, one male from Viti Levu, and two brothers from Taveuni which she has had since they were born in 2006.
Her snakes are very tame and used to being handled, so there will be an opportunity to touch and hold them for those who wish to.
There will be fun games while learning about these reptiles.
Duration approx: 2 hours.
- Payment MUST be made to secure a place.
- There have been last minute cancellations or no shows on past activities, depriving other participants a place.
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- Cost $15 for NatureFiji member. $25 for non-member.
- Adults and Children welcome. Minimum Age: 5 years.
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Helen Sykes, Director of Marine Ecology Consulting, works in coral reef and marine resource conservation and management, including Marine Resource Assessments as part of Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Management Plans, and is one of the founder members of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas Network (FLMMA), working closely with village communities on marine conservation.
Helen has always been passionate about reptiles. Since moving to Fiji in 1996 she has kept several Fiji Boa Constrictors as pets and has bred them twice!
Dr. Monal Lal
Dr. Monal Lal is a marine ecologist and geneticist from the Fiji Islands. He is currently a Project Scientist within the Tropical Aquaculture Research Group at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Marine Studies, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
He is working on a number of research projects in the Fiji Islands, Tonga, Australia and the Philippines, which involve sustainable fishery management and the aquaculture of tropical species.
His research interests lie in the conservation, ecology, population genomics, selective breeding and hatchery production of finfish, molluscan and crustacean species for fisheries and aquaculture.