Projects

The Dragon Blood Tree's Gecko (Hemidactylus dracaenacolus)
By Raquel Vasconcelos

The target species, Hemidactylus dracaenacolus, is a gecko classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN due to population and habitat area decline together with its reduced geographic range. The species has only been found in the Diksam Plateau and exclusively on endemic dragon’s blood trees Dracaena cinnabari...

Reptiles

Forgotten in the ocean: the reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago as a model for the study of island Biogeography, Evolution and Conservation
By Caranza's Lab

Continental islands are very important hotspots of biodiversity and provide premier settings for studying the evolutionary and ecological processes that have resulted in such unique biotas. The Socotra Archipelago, in the western Indian Ocean, is a case example of an ancient continental fragment..

Reptiles

Threats and management of Dracaena cinnabari trees
By Abdul Raqeeb Al-Okaishi

Dragon's blood resin or “Dam Al-Akhwain” (blood of the two brothers) is one of commercial NTFPs in Yemen produced by tapping Dracaena cinnabari trees. The species is part of the Red List of the ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’ and counts for “vulnerable”...

Dracaena

Soil and land degradation, and monitoring on Soqotra Island
By Dana Pietsch

Walking from Hadiboh to Noged and back in 2001 it was obvious – and not just from a scientific
point of view – that the island and its inhabitants are facing a lot of problems which concern land degradation...

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Soqotri folk tales: Mehazelo - Cinderella of Soqotra
By Vladimir Agafonov

Once upon a time there was a girl. Her parents died when she was very small so she went to stay with an old man and his wife who would look after her. The old man was a fisherman, but his catch of fish was small - just enough for them not to die from hunger....

Tales

Population structure of Dragon Trees on Soqotra
By Jindrich Pavlis and Hana Habrová

Knowledge of tree population structure is a key factor for determining the procedure and urgency of their early and effective conservation. Unique woodlands of Dracaena cinnabari on Soqotra Island –
last preserved relics of the Mio-Pliocene xerophile-sclerophyllous southern Tethys Flora....

Dracaena

The Soqotra Karst Project: Karst exploration and cave research on Soqotra Island
By Peter De Geest and the members of the Soqotra Karst Project

The Socotra Karst Project (SKP) has been for a decennium exploring, mapping and studying the underground of Socotra Island. Initiated in 2000 as an attempt to look for caves on the island, the project gradually grew into a multidisciplinary research group linked with universities, individuals
and NGO’s around the world...

Karst
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