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Experimental Strategies for the Recovery of Depleted Populations of West Indian Rock Iguanas

Allison C. Alberts and John A. Phillips

in Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240247
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240247.003.0006
Experimental Strategies for the Recovery of Depleted Populations of West Indian Rock Iguanas

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This chapter discusses experimental approaches for the conservation of West Indian rock iguanas. It presents the Cuban iguana (Cyclura nubile) as an ideal model to develop experimental conservation strategies that can be applied to the more highly endangered West Indian iguanas. It discusses two conservation strategies: the experimental alteration of iguana social structure by removing high-ranking males, and headstarting, a technique whereby individuals are raised in captivity until they reach a larger body size that makes them less vulnerable to predation.

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

Chapter.  7125 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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