Headstarted Iguana Program Reaches Milestone 2006

A fourth release of Anegada Iguanas, Cyclura pinguis, took place on October 6th and 7th, 2006. Twenty-nine headstarted Anegada Iguanas were released back to the wild, bringing the total number of animals released to 101 since 2003. The releases were part of a celebration event that drew over 40 participants from Anegada and Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Cyclura pinguisTwenty-six students from the Anegada School (which has 32 students total) and nine community college students from Tortola, along with teachers and residents of both islands, began the day at the Anegada Iguana Headstart Facility. There, they heard talks by Animal Care Specialists from BVI National Parks Trust, veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and biologists from the Dallas Zoo and San Diego Zoo’s Division of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES). The group then traveled to the release site in core iguana habitat where a number of individuals who had never touched an iguana before helped biologist Kelly Bradley to paint-mark and release the headstarted iguanas back to their home.

As in previous years, this release was supported with funding from the IIF.