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Jamaican Iguana Conservation Program Marks 20 Years of Success, Faces Worries about Next 20 Years
by John R. Platt
More than a million tourists visited Jamaica last year. The vast majority of them traveled to the famous hotels and beaches of Kingston, the country’s capital city. Few, if any, ventured about 25 kilometers to the west to the rocky limestone shores of Hellshire Hills. If they had, they might have seen something not many other people have ever had the opportunity to observe: the critically endangered Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei).
But a small group of people gathering in Kingston this week know the Jamaican iguana quite well. The members of the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group have spent the past 20 years working to preserve this rare lizard, which was feared to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1991. The group’s work since 1993 has been called one of the greatest successes in conservation science, but today the Jamaican iguana faces new threats and government indifference. Questions remain whether the Jamaican iguana will have another 20 years of opportunities…
(read more: Scientific American)
photograph by Rick Van Veen, courtesy IUCN
The Five-banded Gliding Lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus) proves that dragons are mythical NO MORE!
Full article here: http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2013/11/five-banded-gliding-lizard-proving-dragons-mythical.html
Photo by Gus via fieldherpforum.com, Karin Saner via Projectnoah.org, and wikipedia commons.
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So I work at a pet hospital, and we got a sick chameleon today that we had to treat. Needless to say we got a little attached to her and named her Susan. Her pillow was a cotton ball, her blankets were gauze squares and her head-warmer was a top of a glove filled with water. :)