Jamaica’s protected iguana and the many IAS that want to eat it.

The Jamaican Iguana is also known as the Cyclura Collei was once thought to have been extinct for over fifty years, but the species was rediscovered in 1990. This iguana is native to Jamaica. Their location is a remote place called Hellshire Hills. It is a rugged limestone area with suitable dry forest. The Jamaican Iguana is threatened by invasive predators like cats, stray dogs, and mongooses.

To protect this species, a combination of predator control, nest protection, and headstart/release was employed. One of the first steps to protect the iguanas from the mongoose population was extensive trapping efforts to reduce the mongoose. Captive-bred iguanas were then released to bolster the population to increase their growth. The iguanas are still critically endangered, but Jamaica has ensured that the future success of this native species with the Jamaican Iguana Recovery Program which aims to conserve the species.

Source – https://bit.ly/2YehHUH – Iguana foundation

https://on.natgeo.com/3oh6Y6C-  National geographic