Iguana sanctuary welcomes new arrivals

Group Enviroment Manager Sia Rasalato with the hatchlings. Picture: SUPPLIED

AHURA Resorts Iguana Sanctuary has welcomed more new arrivals of the critically endangered Fijian Crested Iguana.

These new captive-bred hatchlings bring the total to five born in the last year in what is the only facility of its kind in the world to successfully breed this species under “natural” conditions.

Group environment manager Sia Rasalato said: “Two of Likuliku’s captive females laid approximately four to six eggs each back in January three eggs from one of the females hatched on August 30, but unfortunately one didn’t make it as it was very weak.

“Following this, another egg hatched from the second female a few days later and we are expecting more eggs to hatch within the next couple of weeks.

“Then all these new hatchlings will be closely monitored before they are tagged and released into the wild.”

Ahura Resorts Group general manager Steve Anstey, said the resort fully recognised the importance of sustainable tourism and believe that development in such areas carries both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure our environment is not degraded though irresponsible activities and practices.

“Our aim is to not only minimise our footprint and impact on the extraordinary nature that surrounds us but also, through a range of activities, programs and initiatives, improve and enhance the environment for imperilled species for future generations,” he said.