2023 Projects Funded

The International Iguana Foundation has awarded eight grants for 2023, for a total of $91,105. That includes two large-tier grants, which we’re awarding for the first time. Congratulations to all our recipients, who are making a difference in iguana species conservation!

Large Tier (up to $25,000)

Saving the Swamper (Ctenosaura bakeri): Conservation, Monitoring, and Education

Daniela Sansur, Kanahau Wildlife Conservation Organization

Grant amount: $24,920

Consolidation of Community-based Conservation and Research for the Motagua Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura palearis) in Guatemala

Johana Gil and Daniel Ariano, Heloderma Natural Reserve/Zootropic

Grant amount: $24,808

Small Tier (up to $10,000)

Armchair Conservation: Monitoring Galápagos Marine Iguana and Plastic Pollution Using Drones and Citizen Science

Jen Jones, Galápagos Conservation Trust

Grant amount: $10,000

Advancing Conservation of Ricord´s Iguana  (Cyclura ricordii) and Rhinoceros Iguana  (Cyclura cornuta)  in Dominican Republic and Haiti

Ernst Rupp, Grupo Jaragua

Grant amount: $9,500

Movement Ecology and Reproductive Migration of a Critically Endangered Iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri)

Josiah Townsend, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute

Grant amount: $8,341

Mitigating Threats to the Lesser Antilles Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) in Its Last Stronghold – Dominica

Jeanelle Brisbane, Wild Dominique

Grant amount: $6,300

Caribbean Iguana eDNA (CIE): Conserving Iguana Diversity and Safeguarding Against Invasions through Terrestrial eDNA Innovations

Kathryn Stewart, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University

Grant amount: $3,936

Securing the Future of the Saint Lucia Iguana: A Newly Described Subspecies on the Brink of Extinction

Luke Jones, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Grant amount: $3,300


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Rick Hudson
International Iguana Foundation
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth TX 76110

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Today, many of the 44 species of iguanas are threatened with extinction, some with wild populations numbering less than 200 individuals. The problems are similar wherever iguanas are found: poaching, loss of habitat, and the negative effects of introduced species. The International Iguana Foundation is working to raise the funds necessary to implement iguana conservation programs throughout the world. Working in concert with the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group (ISG) and other organizations, the IIF provides critical support to initiatives prioritized in the ISG’s Conservation Action Plans and Species Recovery Plans.