The Fiji banded iguana population is decreasing rapidly, and the species is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, as of 2012. It is also listed on CITES Appendix I.
It is estimated that the Fiji banded iguana population has decreased by 50 percent in the last 35 to 40 years, and these iguanas are now extinct on some of the islands. They have experienced extensive habitat loss due to mining, forest burning, logging and agriculture. Human development brings feral cats and black rats, which prey on these lizards. They have also experienced increased predation following the introduction of the small Asian mongoose.
Fiji banded iguanas are protected from international trade due to their status on CITES Appendix I. However, there are no specific conservation measures in place. The species would benefit from local education programs about its importance, as well as from the designation of protected lands, such as national parks.
You Can Help
- Support regional conservation initiatives by donating time, money or goods to organizations that work toward the conservation of these and other threatened lizards.
- Practice ecotourism by thinking about the environment, conservation and local people when you travel. Do your research, and look to visit, support or volunteer with organizations dedicated to the protection of wildlife during your travels.
- Support conservation initiatives at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
- Share the story of the Fiji banded iguana with others. Simply increasing awareness and educating others about the threats facing this species can contribute to the conservation of these animals.