The Grassland Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) has not been seen in Victoria since 1969.
From February to April 2017 Zoos Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are appealing to the general public in and around the volcanic plains of western Victoria to help re-discover the Grassland Earless Dragon.
Any members of the community who think they may have seen a dragon, know of suitable habitat or would like to keep up to date with the search can visit zoo.org.au/dragonsearch
The Grassland Earless Dragon was once widespread and found throughout western Victoria, NSW and ACT, from Geelong to Bathurst. However many populations have been lost, with the last confirmed sighting of a Grassland Earless Dragon in Victoria in 1969 at Little River, with unconfirmed sightings continuing up to 1990. Habitat loss and fragmentation thought to be the main causes of decline in the species.
As part of Zoos Victoria’s Wildlife Conservation Masterplan 2014- 2019 and with support from the Victorian Government’s Fighting Extinction Fund, Zoos Victoria is working to confirm the existence of the dragon in Victoria through additional surveys and contribute to the national conservation of the Grassland Earless Dragon.