For the first time since the species was discovered, baby Galápagos pink iguanas have been seen in the wilds of those majestic islands.
First described in 2009, the species was immediately recognized as facing a serious risk of extinction. Only between 200-300 iguanas are thought to exist on Wolf Volcano on Isabella Island.
But after a ten-month expedition by the Galápagos National Park Directorate of Ecuador, and the Galápagos Conservancy of the U.S., it’s confirmed that the species is still building nests, and still procreating; revealed by dozens of hidden cameras.
The cameras also confirmed the major threat to the pink iguanas are non-native feral cats, knowledge that while tragically garnered, will go a long way towards drafting a strategy that can save the reptile.
“Excellent news for our country! Pink iguana hatchlings and juveniles were discovered for the first time after years of research,” cheered the Ecuadorian Minister of the Environment. “This is thanks to a collaboration between the GNPD and the Galápagos Conservancy. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this discovery!“
A monitoring station has been set up on the remote Wolf Volcano to keep scientific eyes on these vulnerable reptiles.