The Pink Iguana from the Galapagos Islands is Endangered


KOMPAS.com – In a research expedition in the Galapagos Islands, scientific experts found the pink iguana population in this region is declining and is thought to be in danger of extinction.

About 30 Galapagos scientists and park rangers took part in an expedition last month at Wolf Volcano, north of Isabela Island.

“In the census, 53 iguanas were found and (while) captured, 94 percent of which live at more than 1,500 meters above sea level,” the Galapagos National Parks (PNG) said in a statement. Phys, Wednesday (1/9/2021).

From the census conducted, experts can estimate that the current pink iguana population is only about 211 individuals.

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The pink iguana, first discovered in 1986 and identified as a separate species from the Galapagos Islands land iguana in 2009.

This unique lizard lives exclusively on an area of ​​25 km2 in the Wolf Volcano area.

The park has installed cameras to study the behavior of iguanas and the threats they face.

Prior to the census, Ecuadorian expert Washington Tapia told AFP, that there may be as many as 350 pink iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.

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