Ricord’s Iguana Hatchlings Found in Haiti 2012

First Time Ever!

Cyclura ricordiiAttempts to capture hatchlings failed last year, as the sandy habitat makes it difficult to identify exact nest locations and emergence holes. Poaching of nests has also been a problem recently. Ricord’s Iguanas reproduce once annually, and can lay up to 24 eggs in a nest, depending on many factors, including age and availability of food. The forests of Haiti are among the most threatened in the world, with only 2% of forest left in the entire country, and forests continually being cut down for charcoal production and sustenance agriculture. Since the discovery of this small population of Ricord’s Iguanas in Haiti just five years ago, the International Iguana Foundation, working in concert with the Dominican conservation NGO Grupo Jaragua, has spear-headed a grassroots effort to protect this small but important population. The goal is to help the local government of the small coastal town of Anse-à-Pitres to declare Ricord’s Iguanas and their habitat protected, which should be a more effective way to prevent poaching.

The IIF wishes to thank the following agencies for their support for this program: USFWS Wildlife Without Borders program, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.