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Status of iguanas improves

A Grand Cayman blue iguana nicknamed “Biter” pictured in August. (Associated Press)
A Grand Cayman blue iguana nicknamed “Biter” pictured in August. (Associated Press)

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Blue iguanas on Grand Cayman island are no longer considered a critically endangered species.

A decade ago, there were just 10 to 25 blue iguanas living in the wild and they were listed as critically endangered. But now that the wild population has risen to 750, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has downlisted the species from critically endangered to endangered.

It’s a major victory for a breeding program that rears and releases blue iguanas on Grand Cayman, the only place in the world where the reptiles live in the wild.



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