Posted by: galapagosinc | August 27, 2009

Discover the Pink Iguana on the Galapagos Islands

At the start of 2009, National Geographic covered a story about a new species recognized on the Galapagos Island of Isabela. Apparently, Charles Darwin had missed this one!

This species is the pink iguana—discovered in 1986 was spotted by park rangers. Only in January of 2009 was it recognized as its own species. Don’t let the pink coloring of this lizard fool you; the pink iguana holds plenty of historical value.090105-pink-iguana-photo_big

This animal split from other iguanas about five million years ago. However, it may be splitting from existence on the islands in the future. The population of these rosy-colored reptiles is “alarmingly small” and threatened by ferel cats who feed on the young reptiles. Goats as well are competitors for food on the island.

As researchers are excited about the recognition of this species, they are looking for more funds to protect this new species which adds to the uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands.

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  1. The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.


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