A new expedition to look for a previously thought extinct creature in
has been reported in the Fortean Times: New Zealand
Known from just a single stuffed specimen in Marseilles Natural History Museum (thought to have originated in
but which for well over a century was not recognised as representing a hitherto-undescribed species), Delcourt’s giant gecko Hoplodactylus delcourti (above) is not only the world’s biggest gecko species but also the most mysterious. Its lone specimen bears a remarkable resemblance to a supposedly mythical New Zealand New Zealand reptile known in Maori folklore as the kawekaweau, and strange lizards whose eyewitness descriptions readily recall the latter creature have long been reported from . Consequently, it is exciting to learn that during this year’s Christmas period, North Island New Zealand cryptozoologist Tony Lucas will be visiting ’s Rotorua region to investigate claims of a remnant kawekaweau population there, and collect any eyewitness reports. If H. delcourti were to be discovered alive and confirmed to be one and the same as the kawekaweau, this would certainly be one of the greatest cryptozoological success stories of modern times, so we wish Tony all the very best! Tony Lucas, pers. comm., 26 April 2010. Source :http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/cryptozoology/3610/the_hunt_for_the_kawekaweau.html North Island
The last one ever seen alive was said to be by a Māori chief of the Tūhoe tribe who caught one living under the bark of a dead tree in 1870 ,in the forests of Te Urewera National Park. He killed and ate it . It was described it as being "brownish with reddish stripes and as thick as a man's wrist.
In April 1990 sightings of a large gecko were reported in the press in
. These recent sightings were around the Gisborne, the New Zealand and Waoku Plateau. Waipoua Forest
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