19 Jul '11, 3am

Conservationists Save Rare Blue Iguana From Extinction

Conservationists Save Rare Blue Iguana From Extinction

Ten short years ago, Grand Cayman blue iguanas were on the brink of extinction. Human factors, like habitat encroachment and vehicle strikes, had reduced their number to less than two dozen -- but now, thanks, to the tireless efforts of conservation officials, the rare species is making a real comeback. Over the last decade, officials have bred and released more than 500 iguanas back into the wild, promising with it the hope that humanity's tendency towards destruction may be outweighed by our capacity for preservation. The promising future for Grand Caymen blue iguanas is the result of many years of dedication on the part of animal experts from the Bronx Zoo's Wildlife Conservation Society , along with the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Since 2002, when there were believed to be only around 20 of the animals left on Earth, officials have bred hundreds of iguanas in captivi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/conservationists-...

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