Jamaica - Jamaican Iguana

Jamaica - Jamaican Iguana

Jamaican Iguanas - Photo provided by IIF
Zoo Miami has supported the Hope Zoo’s efforts in establishing a captive breeding and head start program for the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana.  The Jamaican Iguana was thought to have gone extinct after a remnant population on Goat Island disappeared in the 1940’s.  In 1990, a very small population was found in the Hellshire Hills area near Kingston.  Some individuals were taken to the Hope Zoo to establish a captive breeding program to try and rescue them from the brink of extinction.  The introduced mongoose and habitat loss continue to present threats to this species.