Caribbean Iguana Conservation
Zoo staff members travel to the Caribbean to study, monitor, and care for the critically endangered Jamaican iguana and endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana. Their work addresses threats facing these iguanas, including feral cats and dogs and illness transmitted by non-native species. Zoo staff participates in iguana health checks, assessing the wild population, head-starting iguana hatchlings, and adding artificial nest sites and predator exclusion fencing. As a result of this work, the global populations of both species have grown, and the status of the Grand Cayman blue iguana has been upgraded from critically endangered to endangered.