Survival and Reproduction of Repatriated Jamaican Iguanas

Byron S. Wilson, Allison C. Alberts, Karen S. Graham, Richard D. Hudson, Rhema Kerr Bjorkland, Delano S. Lewis, Nancy P. Lung, Richard Nelson, Nadin Thompson, John L. Kunna and Peter Vogel

in Iguanas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930117 | DOI:
Survival and Reproduction of Repatriated Jamaican Iguanas

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This chapter focuses on the Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei) headstart-release program. It describes the four-year survival of zoo-reared, reintroduced iguanas, and provides evidence that headstarted iguanas quickly acclimate to life in the wild and are successfully reproducing. It also suggests that headstarting is a viable conservation strategy for rock iguanas and should be considered for other endangered ectothermic vertebrates as well.

Keywords: Jamaican iguana; Cyclura collei; headstart-release program; headstarting; conservation strategy; rock iguanas

Chapter.  5993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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