Iguana Research Project

Iguana Research Project

Field Work Gets Results

On going work dates back to 2006 when Edgar first collaborated with Ricky Escobar, Wildlife Biologist from Loma Linda University performing an extensive research project on Sandy cay in the Exuma island chain (Bahamas).

Continuing work include iguana population surveys assessing the ongoing species recovery as well as radio telemetry studies done with various size animals, studying movement, activity patterns, home range size, and sleeping habits.  On going invasive species status surveys for rodents, and non-native plant species are also performed. 

Through conservation efforts this endangered species of Sandy Cay Iguana has increased from less than 150 individuals to over 1200 in 10 years.

Left to right, Iguana den, GPS located nest with several shell fragments and yearling.

In 2014, May and June we returned to the islands to continue iguana conservation efforts.  On that trip, we conducted iguana population transect surveys, as well as surveys/identification of plants within the transects to ascertain the sufficiency of forage and habitat. 

GPS located den from the previous trip.

Left to right, Iguana den, GPS located nest site with egg fragments from hatching and a yearling.

Adult male Sandy Cay iguana.