History

The International Iguana Foundation started in 2001 in response to a critical need for funding to support iguana conservation.

Jamaican Iguana
Jamaican Rock Iguana
Jamaican Iguana
Jamaican Rock Iguana

The International Iguana Foundation was founded in August 2001 in Fort Worth, Texas, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Formed in response to the need for consistent funding for critical iguana conservation initiatives, the IIF is composed of 18 board members representing the zoo, corporate, and private sectors. The IIF seeks to ensure the survival of all iguana species through the promotion of a broad conservation agenda involving species and habitat protection, education and outreach, scientific research, and captive management.

At its initial founding in 2001, the IIF focused on the recovery of three Critically Endangered iguanas, the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei) and the Anegada or Stout¬†Iguana (Cyclura pinguis). Soon after, the IIF began funding projects for other West Indian Rock Iguana (genus Cyclura) species. In 2004, a workshop was held in Fiji, and the IIF recognized the need to expand its funding outside the Caribbean. In 2005, the IIF began funding projects for Fiji Iguanas (genus Brachylophus) and Spiny-tailed Iguanas (genus Ctenosaura). Since it’s formation, the IIF has continually expanded, providing funding for a multitude of species.

An article published in Herpetological Review (2006), summarizing the history and early activities of the International Iguana Foundation can be viewed here.