The Ecological Foundation is conserving the endemic Rhinoceros Iguana  
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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve

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The Last Survivors Project

Iguana Conservation Project


The Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is a prehistoric reptile once common throughout the Dominican Republic. Poaching, habitat loss, and the introduction of non-native species have greatly limited their populations throughout the country.

In 2002, the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation launched the Iguana Conservation Project with the aim of increasing the Rhinoceros Iguana population through the protection of existing populations and reintroduction of captive-bred iguanas in the Punta Cana area. Our iguana habitat was designed to replicate the natural eating and living conditions required for the iguanas to successfully reproduce. Visitors can see these unique animals at the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. The Foundation has conducted several controlled releases of iguanas in the PUNTACANA Resort & Club and has established regular monitoring of iguana populations in the area.

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PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation, Dominican Republic
Tel: (809) 959-9221 - Fax (809) 959-8483