together the collective resources of sixteen zoo and reptile conservation
International Iguana Foundation (IIF) supports programs that
have a positive impact on iguanas in the wild. In 2011 the Foundation
awarded a total of $43,590 to six projects. These projects included raising
newly hatched iguanas until they are large enough to avoid predation and
then releasing them into the wild. Funds also supported temporarily
relocating a population of Allen Cay Iguanas during a mice eradication
program on three small islands in the Bahamas.
A third valuable program provided for protection of the Yaqaga Island
Iguana. This unique crested iguana is possibly a new species and the first
iguana ever seen on this Fijian island. Funding from the IIF will help
assess the size of the existing population and implement a protection
program involving the local communities. Dr. Jan Ramer, Associate
Veterinarian, serves on the IIF Board of Directors. Photo by Kerrie
Read more about the Indianapolis Zoo's work with
breeding endangered iguanas.