International Iguana Foundation

First Ricord’s Iguana Photographed in Haiti 2011

Ricord’s Iguana photographed in the Dominican Republic
Ricord’s Iguana photographed in the Dominican Republic

Cyclura ricordii First photograph taken of the Ricord’s Iguana in Haiti

This photograph was taken at the end of April 2011 by local Haitian Nelson Jean, a guide and member of the C. ricordii Habitat Surveillance Team in Anse-à-Pitres. The iguana was spotted in the western hills of Lasalin where Nelson herds cattle. Community outreach and assistance in surveillance by local teams allows researchers to monitor this population year-round. Head researcher Masani Accimé was excited when she arrived back in the country for the hatching season and received the good news. We at the IIF are extremely excited to be the first to release this photo to the public. Unfortunately, because we lack a good camera in Haiti, the quality of the picture is not the greatest. The picture below, of an adult Ricord’s Iguana, was taken by field researchers in the Domincan Republic and is better quality.

We would like to give special thanks to all of the local non-profit organizations that assist in field research year-round including Groupo Jaragua, OJAA, KOSRA, and all the individuals that participate. Even after the earthquakes of 2010, these teams managed to continue the monitoring and research on this Critically Endangered species.

For more information on the Ricord’s Iguana and what the IIF is doing to help this species, see the Species Page.