Zeldzame leguanen worden beschermd
Mooi voorbeeld van samenwerking tussen non-gouvernementele organisaties op de eilanden en in Europees Nederland. STENAPA en RAVON hebben de handen ineengeslagen om de zeer zeldzame leguaan van Sint Eustatius te beschermen. Onderstaand het persbericht wat STENAPA deze week uitbracht:
This week STENAPA was involved in the beading of the special and very rare local iguana, the ‘iguana delicatissima’, ambassador to Statia’s Nature. STENAPA ranger Rupnor – Jobo – Redan worked with iguana expert Tim van Wagensveld from RAVON, a Dutch NGO for the protection of reptiles, and with local terrestrial expert Hannah Madden. When the iguana’s are caught they get weighted, measured, photographed and beaded. With this STENAPA can monitor their migratory behavior over the years and see how the total population of iguana’s evolves.
At the same time the team surveyed the island for hybrid iguana’s. Two weeks ago a hybrid was photographed in Princess. A hybrid iguana is the offspring of an invasive iguana and a local iguana. STENAPA fears a take over of the local population by the invasive and hybrid iguana’s, recognizable by the black bands on the tail. “We need to protect these local iguana’s. There are no more than 450 left and I am very proud to have the opportunity to contribute to this conservation work”, says Rupnor Redan. “When the invasive ones take over they can become a pest like on Puerto Rico or St Maarten. We don’t want that to happen here on our little island”, says Redan.
Statia is one of the last couple of islands worldwide with a genetically pure population of ‘iguana delicatissima’ (after Dominica and two small satellite islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe). If you see an iguana with black bands on the tail, contact the STENAPA office immediately and we will send someone to catch it +599 318 2884 (in weekend +599 318.5720). The local iguana is protected by local and international laws.