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Iguana find sparks interest

By LITIA MATHEWSELL Initially feared extinct on the island, recent sightings of Fiji crested iguanas on Malolo Levu in the Mamanuca islands have sparked interest among resort stakeholders. The first
15 Aug 2012 00:44

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

Initially feared extinct on the island, recent sightings of Fiji crested iguanas on Malolo Levu in the Mamanuca islands have sparked interest among resort stakeholders.

The first sighting of the endangered iguanas in January last year was followed by another discovery at Malolo Island Resort, with the pair named Malolo and Likuliku by resort staff.

Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) treasurer and Ahura Resorts group general manager Steve Anstey said the re-emergence of the iguanas had them excited.

They are now working closely with personnel from the Sigatoka-based Kula Eco Park, San Diego Zoo and Sydney’s Taronga Zoo to help raise the iguanas, with members from each centre recently visiting Malolo Levu for assessments, DNA samples and tallies of more possible adult populations.

The Fijian crested iguana.

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