Worldwide, there are only an estimated 13,000 of the lizards left, 12,000 of which are found on the tiny islet of Yadua Taba, a protected sanctuary for the animal. The remaining iguanas are spread among just more than a dozen islands in the Fiji archipelago. Their biggest problems are habitat loss and predation by feral cats, rats and mongooses.
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Luckily for the 31 iguanas living on Malolo, officials at the resort where they reside are aware of their precarious situation and are working to protect the creatures and their habitat.
"We are avid that the little bit of dry forest that we have on our lease is maintained and preserved," said Steve Anstey, Group General Manager of Ahura Resorts. "Dry forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet and it is crucial that all efforts are made to protect the small areas that remain and help re-vegetate it."
The resort also holds a special breeding facility for the iguana, and the company says it is working to control feral cats and rats that might venture near them.
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