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Biosecurity CEO: Report sightings of invasive iguana

Biosecurity CEO: Report sightings of invasive iguana
Saula Nakaiwalu with the iguana at Viani Bay in the Cakaudrove Province.
April 20
13:16 2017

‘Biosecurity Authority of Fiji promptly deployed a team to Savusavu to investigate the case’

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is urging the public to report any sightings of the giant invasive iguana, otherwise known as the American iguana.

BAF chief executive officer Hillary Kumwenda said this after they were made aware of an iguana found in Viani Bay in Cakaudrove last week.

“BAF promptly deployed a team to Savusavu to investigate the case.

“The giant invasive iguana has been culled.

“BAF had a full page awareness article on giant invasive iguana published in the Fiji Sun on April 10.”

Viani Bay has become the latest tourist attraction after the iguana was spotted along its shores.

Residents of Nasavu Settlement in Matakunea were shocked to come across the species.

Rita Whippy said her brothers- in-law Chris Brown and Saula Nakaiwalu were walking along the beach when they noticed what appeared to be a toy-like object.

“Chris told Saulo to walk and pick up the toy,” Mrs Whippy said.

“It was when Saulo tried to retrieve the object and then he realised it was a living being when it opened its eyes and ran forward.

“They quickly captured it with rope and immediately reported the matter.

“They said it was the first time they have seen such a rubber like greenish species.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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