The Jamaican Iguana Pilot Final Report 2014


Following another successful campaign during the 2011-2012 period, the JIRG once again recorded a record year for recovering the Critically Endangered Jamaican iguana during the 2012-2013 period.

Most notably, we recorded another record year for females nesting at the primary communal nesting sites — 53! This represents a 6-fold increase over the original (core) nesting population documented in 1991, and constitutes the only measure of abundance that can be compared to the early years of the conservation effort.

This dramatic recovery is presumably attributable to two primary interventions aimed at MITIGATING THE THREAT OF INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES (IAS): (1) continuous IAS predator control in the core iguana conservation zone, and (2) the release of captive-reared, ‘head-started’ iguanas.

Read more: Iguana Pilot Final Report 2014 (PDF)