Tokay Gecko captive breeding doesn’t add up

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Jakarta, Indonesia, 6th November 2015

A new TRAFFIC report questions the viability of captive-breeding operations given the go-ahead to produce millions of live

Tokay Geckos a year for export from Indonesia. According to a report, it would currently be impracticable to produce such

numbers from existing captive breeding operations. The geckos would inevitably end up being sourced from the wild in order

to fill up the yearly quota.Tokay Geckos have been traded for use in traditional medicine for centuries throughout Asia, but

experienced a sudden and massive surge in demand in 2009 following rumours they could cure HIV/AIDS. The World Health

Organization has since issued statements denying this claim. The species is also popularly kept as a pet.

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