Oct 29, 2020
The Fort Worth Zoo has been focused on preserving threatened and endangered iguana species in their native ranges for many years. Recently, they announced the successful hatching of 2 endangered Grand Cayman iguanas as part of a multi-institutional cooperative effort to boost healthy and genetically diverse populations of these animals, both in human care and in restored habitats. Remarkably, fewer than 10 of these individuals remained in the wild 20 years ago. Today, thanks to the work of zoological and conservation organizations there are more than 700.
Fort Worth Zoo's conservation biologist and co-chair of the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group, Dr. Stesha Pasachnik explains some of the challenges facing larger vertebrate island species like the Grand Cayman iguana.
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