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Testing the Utility of Headstarting as a Conservation Strategy for West Indian Iguanas

Allison C. Alberts, Jeffrey M. Lemm, Tandora D. Grant and Lori A. Jackintell

in Iguanas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238541.003.0018
Testing the Utility of Headstarting as a Conservation Strategy for West Indian Iguanas

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Headstarting programs involves raising animals in captivity until they reach a larger body size and become less vulnerable to potential predators. This chapter discusses headstarting as a valuable conservation strategy for West Indian iguanas. It presents an experimental headstart program using the Cuban iguana (Cyclura nubila nubila) as a model species. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of headstarting and offers recommendations for future headstarting programs.

Keywords: headstarting; conservation; West Indian iguanas; Cuban iguana; Cyclura nubila nubila

Chapter.  5340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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