The Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) was reintroduced to Santiago Island, Galapagos this week after a roughly 200 year absence. Last seen in 1835 by Charles Darwin, this species was decimated by cats, dogs and feral pigs over the decades. About 1,400 land iguanas now join the pink Galapagos land Iguana and the Santa Fe land iguana. These iguanas were transferred from neighboring North Seymour Island to Santiago Island. In 2001, the Galapagos Conservancy announced that Santiago Island was officially rid of invasive feral pigs that threatened the iguana species for decades, enabling researchers to begin reintroducing iguanas to their once native home.
For more information on the iguana restoration project on Santiago Island, click here.