For the first time since the discovery of the species, scientists have found some small pink Galapagos iguanas, an endangered reptile that lives only on one of the islands of the Ecuadorian archipelago.
The director of the Galapagos Conservancy NGO Washington Tapia does not hide his emotion: “We had never seen a young pink iguana. The species was first described in 2009. Before that, the pink iguana was not known. Since then , we had never found young specimens”.
Native to the slopes of Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, the iguana is endangered. It is estimated that there are only a few hundred left. The pink iguana is born green and begins to change color later in life.
The discovery is important for the conservation of the species, Washington Tapia told Reuters: ‘This is an important discovery for the conservation of this species which is on the verge of extinction. We estimate that there is a population of no more than 200- 300 adult specimens”.
The iguana, which can grow up to 47cm in length, was first discovered by national park rangers in 1986. It took scientists decades to recognize the pink iguana as a separate species from others on the island.