Our Mission

Supporting conservation, awareness, and scientific programs that enhance the survival of wild iguanas and their habitats.

The International Iguana Foundation works in partnership with other organizations to protect, restore, and conserve iguana species and their habitats and to provide critical support to iguana recovery programs. We are a non-profit organization that raises and provides grant funds for iguana conservation research projects, habitat studies and restoration, and raising public awareness of the threats facing iguanas today and the important role that iguanas play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Rebuilding declining iguana populations by raising young iguanas in headstart programs until they can hold their own against predators, and structuring wild reintroductions for long-term success.

Working in the field to conduct studies of iguana populations, ecology, behavior, reproduction, and resource needs to inform conservation and recovery programs.

Facilitating reforestation, native plant restoration, and invasive species removal, and working with communities and governments to set aside protected habitat to support iguana survival. 

Investing in the future of iguana conservation by partnering with local communities to establish educational programs, fostering volunteer participation, and sharing stories, updates, and successes with the public.

Why Help Iguanas?

Because they need attention and protection! When people think of iguanas, they often only think about Common Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana), which are plentiful. Most people are unaware that there are 45 different species of iguanas, all with their own interesting characteristics and behavior—and that most of these species are listed as Threatened or Endangered. Some iguanas have wild populations of only 200 individuals or less.

The threats that iguanas face are similar wherever they are found. Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation reduces where they can live, sometimes to a very small area. Illegal collection and poaching are unfortunately still common. Iguanas are threatened by the negative effects of introduced and invasive species, as well as climate changes that can impact their reproduction.

And yet, they tend to be overlooked or forgotten in conservation efforts—or worse, dismissed as not needing protection at all. The International Iguana Foundation is dedicated specifically to iguanas, raising and providing the much-needed funds that can make a real difference in their conservation. 

Working in concert with the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group (ISG) and our partners, the IIF provides critical support for initiatives in the ISG’s Conservation Action Plans and Species Recovery Plans, which target iguana species that are in serious danger of extinction and need protection to survive. These amazing animals have been around for a long time—and we want to ensure they are here long into the future.