Fiji Time: 4:58 PM on Monday 6 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Airline staff plant trees

Jone Kalouniviti
Sunday, February 09, 2014

FIJI Airways has teamed up with the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) to help restore the dry forest habitat at Likuliku Lagoon Resort on Malolo Island.

About 100 native trees namely vesi, damanu and kaudamu were planted along the fire breaks on the island gully by nine of the airline staff members on Thursday .

Steve Anstey, the group general manager for Ahura Resorts and MES member said the rediscovery of three juvenile Fijian crested iguanas in 2011 prompted the effort to regenerate the dry forest.

"According to some reports, the last iguana was found on Malolo Lailai Island in the late 1800s. They thought it was extinct. Imagine the excitement when we found two in early 2011 and another one 10 months later."

Mr Anstey said the findings clearly indicated the presence of an adult iguana population in the treetops of the remaining dry forest on the island.

"Research has shown that the sharp decline in their population is mainly due to the decline in dry forest and also the introduction of cats and goats on the island."

The Fiji crested iguanas are listed as endangered under the IUCN red list.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
JPY 58.805555.8055
GBP 0.30670.2987
EUR 0.43440.4224
CNY 2.98292.8829
NZD 0.72200.6890
AUD 0.64160.6166
USD 0.47950.4625

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 6th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Born to run, Naholo's sacrifice pays off
  2. Golden Lift
  3. Fijian rugby players emerge from cocoon
  4. Naholo's life outside rugby
  5. Team Fiji settles in
  6. Watch where you sit, warns LTA
  7. Deadly spill a threat
  8. FIJIAN INFLUENCE
  9. 85pc of Fijians suffer from NCDs
  10. Source of income

Top Stories this Week

  1. Education shocker Tuesday (30 Jun)
  2. The discovery of illegal weapons in Fiji Tuesday (30 Jun)
  3. Ratu Jope passes away Wednesday (01 Jul)
  4. Club sold for $14k Tuesday (30 Jun)
  5. Bainimarama challenges Flying Fijians ahead of Rugby World Cup Tuesday (30 Jun)
  6. 'Complicated' English Wednesday (01 Jul)
  7. New date Wednesday (01 Jul)
  8. 'Please do not give' Thursday (02 Jul)
  9. Lal remains in exile Thursday (02 Jul)
  10. 7s exodus Friday (03 Jul)