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Iguana Volunteer Project

Organisation: Kanahau URCF

Country: Honduras

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Iguana Volunteer Project

This highly threatened species has been the focus of many conservation initiatives, including a captive breeding program and education program for schools. Despite all these efforts the population is still in decline. Utila has experienced extensive development associated with the tourist industry, threatening native species through habitat destruction, pollution and the introduction of invasive mammals and plants. This development has had a dramatic effect on the beach and mangrove areas, as these are the most residentially desirable. Unfortunately, these areas are also the nesting grounds and daily use areas for C. bakeri.

2016 sees a new radio-tracking project to gather more information about behaviours of this species; volunteers will have the chance to learn radio telemetry techniques. This study goes alongside the population and body condition study, which will continue with daily surveys of this critically endangered species. Iguanas will be caught and various measurements taken, transects will also be walked by scientists and volunteers to estimate abundance. DNA samples will be taken from the iguanas for a hybridization study at a university in the UK. This project is delivered in conjunction with the IUCN iguana specialist group

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