The Plight of the Jamaican Iguana: An Article from the “Scientific American”

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The article below (about the “two likkle lizard” as our Minister of Works so contemptuously referred to the endangered Jamaican Iguana, in Parliament) appeared in the “Scientific American”  this week. The IUCN* SSC* Iguana Specialist Group has just met at Kingston’s Hope Zoo to discuss our native animal’s uncertain future. I have highlighted a couple of passages in bold. You can find the original article by John R. Platt here: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2013/11/14/jamaican-iguana/

*The IUCN is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The Jamaican Iguana is on its “Critically Endangered” list. If you would like to read further details (including taxonomy, assessment information, geographic range, population, habitat and ecology, threats, conservation actions and bibliography) take a look at the IUCN website here: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/full/6027/0

*The SSC is the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, “A science-based network of more than 7,500 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world…

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