Res­cu­ing en­dan­gered igua­nas on Malolo Is­land

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So pre­cious and del­i­cately-bal­anced is the ecosys­tem that sup­ports the flora and fauna on Malolo Is­land in the Ma­manu­cas, that sight­ings of the na­tive Malolo Is­land Iguana have been a rare thing. How­ever, guests of beau­ti­ful Malolo Is­land Re­sort might soon be lucky enough to come across one of these rare crested Brachy­lo­phus vi­tien­sis, thanks to the fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tives of Ahura Re­sorts Group (Malolo Is­land Re­sort and Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort).

Adam Clause, a re­search spe­cial­ist from The Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia (USA), has been on the is­land study­ing, tag­ging and re­leas­ing the hand­ful of en­dan­gered igua­nas held for re­search and breed­ing pur­poses. It is hoped that the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the pro­grams will in­crease the na­tive iguana pop­u­la­tionp on the is­land. Adam’s work on Malol Malolo also in­cluded a de­tailed anal­y­sis of its trop trop­i­cal dry for­est ar­eas that are clas­si­fied as on one of the most en­dan­gered ecosys­tems on th the planet.

Ahura Re­sorts’ Group gen­eral man­ager, St Steve An­stey, says the re­sort com­pany is pr proud to be ful­fill­ing its le­gal and moral re re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the en­vi­ron­ment is not de­graded through ir­re­spon­si­ble ac ac­tiv­i­ties and prac­tices.

““... op­er­at­ing in a pris­tine, sen­si­tive en­vir en­vi­ron­ment such as ours, with ocean and co­ral reef­sre on one side and land flora and fauna on the o other, we fully recog­nise the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able­susta tourism,” he says. Hap­pily, the com­mit­ment to the preser­va­tion of the igua­nas and the for­est veg­e­ta­tion on Malolo Is­land and at Malolo Is­land Re­sort is on­go­ing, in part­ner­ship with US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Taronga Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global and the Ma­manuca En­vi­ron­men­tal So­ci­ety.

Top: Igua­nas dis­cov­ered on Malolo Is­land are re­leased af­ter be­ing tagged with a mi­crochip. © Ma­manuca En­vi­ron­ment So­ci­ety

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