Mission Statement

The mission of the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group is to prioritize and facilitate conservation, science, and awareness programs that help ensure the survival of wild iguanas and their habitats.


To achieve this we implement, advise, and fundraise for programs that include population surveys, protected areas management, invasive species control, field research, genetic studies, education, and captive breeding/headstarting initiatives.  Headstarting, in which hatchling iguanas are raised in a safe, captive environment until they reach a larger, less vulnerable size, is proving invaluable in rescuing several Critically Endangered iguanid taxa from the brink of extinction.