Iguanas breeding on Galapagos island a century after they disappeared – Manila Bulletin
A land iguana that disappeared more than a century ago from one of the Galapagos Islands is reproducing naturally after being reintroduced there, Ecuador’s environment ministry said on Monday.
The reptile species Conolophus subcristatus, one of three land iguanas living on the archipelago, disappeared from Santiago Island in the early 20th century according to a 1903-06 expedition by the California Academy of Sciences. , the ministry said.
In 2019, the Galapagos National Park (PNG) authority reintroduced more than 3,000 iguanas from a nearby island to restore the natural ecosystem of Santiago, which sits in the center of the Pacific archipelago.
The chain of remote islands was made famous by British geologist and naturalist Charles Darwin’s observations on evolution.
In 1835, Darwin recorded a large number of iguanas of all ages in Santiago.
PNG Director Danny Rueda said: “187 years later we are once again seeing a healthy population of land iguanas with adults, juveniles and hatchlings.
“This is a great conservation achievement and bolsters our hopes for restoration on islands that have been badly impacted by introduced species.”
Located nearly 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to unique flora and fauna and are a natural World Heritage Site.
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