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Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica

Text and photos by Robin Moore, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers Guardian of the Reptiles “You’ve got to respect another life, so that the other life can respect yours,” says Booms, whose real name is Mr. Kenroy Williams, a young Jamaican who has devoted the past seven years of his life to protecting…

Citizen Scientists Make Lasting Contributions to Iguana Research and Conservation

Guest post by Rebecca Gericke, conservation and research programs manager, Shedd Aquarium    Comprised of over 700 islands, cays and rocks, the Bahamas is largely considered a maritime nation. When you think of the Bahamas, you may picture clear blue water, endless white sand beaches and pristine coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life, but the…

The Return of Grand Cayman’s Blue Iguana: From Near-Extinction to Endangered

In 2002, between 10-25 blue iguanas remained in the wild. Today, there are 750. By incubating eggs in his home office and gathering plants to feed the baby blues, Fred Burton and his team have brought back a species that was nearly extinct. While these 5-foot-long majestic creatures are still a rare sight, they are…

Inside Look at “Giant Boa Eats Iguana” Video

Recently, our video editors here at NG came across some footage that was flagged for viewing. Submitted by National Geographic Explorer and capuchin monkey specialist Susan Perry, we expected the video to be of monkeys doing something intriguing or goofy. We were completely wrong. Susan, a UCLA professor currently based in Bagaces, Costa Rica studying the…

Iguanas Research Trip to Bahamas with Shedd Aquarium

Hello everyone: I’m Dr. Chuck Knapp, the Director of Conservation and Research at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. When I started working at Shedd Aquarium as a young aquarist in 1991, I became fascinated with the world’s most endangered lizards: West Indian rock iguanas. Come along with me as I post blogs and photos of…

New Discovery Provides Clue to How Iguanas Got to Pacific Islands

A new iguana has been discovered on Fiji, an island country in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Named Brachylophus bulabula (bula means “hello” in Fijian), the colorful new species joins only two other living Pacific iguana species, one of which is critically endangered, U.S. Geological Survey scientists said today. Brachylophus bulabula female on Kadavu…