2014 Action Needed in Fiji!

Brachylophus_bulabula_RobertFisher_smIIF-supported fieldwork was conducted this year on Fiji’s two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, to determine if Central Fijian Banded Iguanas (Brachylophus bulabula) remained on either island where they have been considered extinct due to invasive species……Their presence has been verified on Viti Levu!!!

 

It is believed that they avoid mongoose predation by foraging AND nesting high in the canopy of old growth forest! There is an immediate need to survey remaining old growth rainforest on both of these islands where logging pressure is high, and may wipe out these remaining relict populations just as they are being discovered! This research will help develop a conservation plan targeting these unique ecosystems which are allowing the iguanas to survive.

 

Basket fern (Drynaria sp.) photographed on Viti Levu, Fiji. These plants can be twice this size and capture a large amount of organic material which becomes a stable soil environment free of predation from terrestrial mongoose. We believe they serve as arboreal egg laying habitats for iguanas.

Basket fern (Drynaria sp.) photographed on Viti Levu, Fiji. These plants can be twice this size and capture a large amount of organic material which becomes a stable soil environment free of predation from terrestrial mongoose. We believe they serve as arboreal egg laying habitats for iguanas.

Say “Bulabula” for these iguanas and CONTRIBUTE today!

 

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