Our supplier also demonstrates its commitment to the preservation of biodiversity through a robust conservation strategy for the green iguana (Iguana iguana) and the black iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata). Both species have been severely affected by the loss of habitat, intense persecution, immoderate hunting and introduction of exotic species. Their efforts are key to avoiding the loss of these species, because due to these negative impacts their population has seriously decimated.
Conservation actions focus on a 12-hectare site of green areas, which were accredited in 1998 as the first Environmental Management Unit for green and black iguanas in the state of Guerrero. It is there where more than 500 iguanas are provided with a favorable environment for their reproduction and conservation with the support of specialized personnel. It is importantly noteworthy, that on the platform of our supplier in Acapulco, an average survival of 61% of the animals has been achieved; whilst in its natural habitat only 5% survive.
Also, in this space research projects on the species are carried out in collaboration with various universities in Mexico.
Some of these are: the development of the use of zinc oxide for the elimination of fungi in the iguanas, analysis of breeding behaviors, identification of mites and their relation to the reproductive stage, observation of the behavior during mating season, as well as improvements in food for a better growth. In total, more than 1,023 specimens have been donated to other institutions for their breeding and research.
The Iguanario also carries out programs together with the neighboring communities to strengthen a culture of environmental care, foster environmental forums and provide free advice to individuals or groups interested in creating similar projects. Since its opening, more than 29,000 people have visited the facilities, in 2016 there were 1,443 visits. Without a doubt, this is an exemplary case of good practices in biodiversity conservation, which will greatly favor the preservation of the green iguana and the black iguana.