Iguana conservation - what can be learned from other conservation efforts when protecting the Lesser Antillean Iguana

With a lot of threats facing the Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) on Sint Eustatius it is important to look at solutions that will work on the long term. Though the situation is different to that of other iguanas, it can be helpful and inspiring to look at conservation efforts done in the favour of other iguana species. Both the similarities and differences to the situation on Sint Eustatius could help in creating a plan that is sustainable for the parties involved and that will help to improve the situation of the Lesser Antillean Iguana on Sint Eustatius. In this case the situations of four different iguana species is specified along with the actions taken, the effects of these actions and a more current description of the situation. The situations compared to the situation of the Lesser Antillean Iguana show a striking similarity in some threats, similar threats crop up in almost all situations. There are some measures taken in most all of the situations, these measures are successful but call for some caution. These are general concerns that should be taken under consideration whenever a conservation plan is written. This doesn’t mean that these measures cannot be taken, it advises caution with these measures.

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