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Allison Alberts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238541

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238541.001.0001

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Survival and Reproduction of Repatriated Jamaican Iguanas

Survival and Reproduction of Repatriated Jamaican Iguanas

Headstarting as a Viable Conservation Strategy

(p.220) 16 Survival and Reproduction of Repatriated Jamaican Iguanas

Byron S. Wilson

Allison C. Alberts

Karen S. Graham

Richard D. Hudson

Rhema Kerr Bjorkland

Delano S. Lewis

Nancy P. Lung

Richard Nelson

Nadin Thompson

John L. Kunna

Peter Vogel

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei) headstart-release program. It describes the four-year survival of zoo-reared, reintroduced iguanas, and provides evidence that headstarted iguanas quickly acclimate to life in the wild and are successfully reproducing. It also suggests that headstarting is a viable conservation strategy for rock iguanas and should be considered for other endangered ectothermic vertebrates as well.

Keywords:   Jamaican iguana, Cyclura collei, headstart-release program, headstarting, conservation strategy, rock iguanas

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