Turks and Caicos Iguana work

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Turks and Caicos Iguana work

The critically endangered Turks and Caicos iguana (Cyclura carinata) occupies less than five percent of its historic range due to increasing urban development and the introduction of mammalian predators. Fort Worth Zoo staff initiated a conservation project for this species by investigating on-island translocation methods. Since the project began, Zoo staff has been tracking iguanas’ movement patterns with radio transmitters and analyzing vitals on each iguana during both wet and dry seasons. The results from these tracking periods will be used as a guide to develop a proactive strategy to mitigate iguana losses from development on the island. By working with the construction development team, biologists hope to optimize a translocation method for each construction event. Another goal of this project is to extend it beyond Turks and Caicos, serving as a model for endangered rock iguanas throughout the Caribbean.