The rarest species are often the less well known, but our species profiles are here to give you easy access to the key facts and photos. About the Adaptive management stage Conservation actions are successfully increasing the species’ numbers and the programme structure is now capable of monitoring and adapting to new or re-emerging threats to the species. Moving towards sustainability, the intensive actions are scaled back to minimum levels of effort required to meet conservation targets. Although this species appears to have a relatively large population size compared with other species with which Durrell is engaged, over 85% of these individuals exist in a single population on an island just 0.12 square kilometres in size, making it extremely vulnerable to stochastic events. As with many endemic reptiles existing on small offshore islands, invasion of alien predatory mammals is the biggest threat to the survival of the Saint Lucia whiptail. As part of plans to translocate a population of whiptails to Praslin Island, a survey is conducted to assess the recovery of the vegetation following the eradication of rats the previous year. During his visit to monitor the Saint Lucia Amazon parrot, Durrell's David Jeggo visits Maria Major with a team and successfully captures five lizards and returns them to Jersey's reptile house. Translocations from the Maria Islands to both Praslin and Rat Islands are continued to increase genetic diversity, and the restoration of Dennery Island is planned in order to conduct further translocations and increase the species range and population size. The Saint Lucia whiptail was first discovered in 1966 surviving on both Maria Major and Maria Minor and is the only species of this genus found in the Caribbean. Make Offer - St. Lucia WWF Whiptail 4v MNH SG#1370-1373 MI#1275-1278 SC#1251-1254 St. Lucia WWF Whiptail Sheetlet of 4 sets MNH SG#1370-1373 MI#1275-1278 $27.80 Studies on the Fauna of Curaçao and Other Caribbean Islands 23 (89): 144–176. Data was also collected to assess the different relative densities in varying vegetation types on Maria Major. Cnemidophorus vanzoi. Reevaluation, zoogeography, and the effects of predation". To restore the island, a programme to remove invasive rats and goats is successfully completed by Durrell and the Saint Lucia Forestry Department staff over a period of eight days. Tackling threats posed by invasive predators to the endemic reptile fauna of Saint Lucia is a conservation priority for Durrell. St. Lucia Whiptail Also known as the Zandoli terre (Cnemidophorus vanzo), the whiptail was unknown to science before 1958 when it was discovered on St. Lucia’s Maria Islands in the south of the island off the coast of Vieux Fort, the only place in the world it has been seen. Once effective management actions are developed they can be rolled out across the intervention zone. About the Final evaluation stage The aim of the plan is to capture this diversity by establishing a third population founded by individuals from both Maria populations. Conservation efforts have increased the range of the species by 20% through successful establishment of sub-populations on two additional offshore islands over the past 20 years. About the Capacity-building stage Saint Lucia Whiptail Also known as the Zandoli terre (Cnemidophorus vanzo), the whiptail was unknown to science before 1958 when it was discovered on Saint Lucia’s Maria Islands in the south of the island off the coast of Vieux Fort, the only place in the world it has been seen. About the Watching brief stage The majority of individuals came from Maria Major but two were sourced from Maria Minor's tiny population as part of the attempt to maximise genetic diversity and preserve the future viability of the species. In fact, one of the world’s rarest lizards (St Lucia Whiptail) can be found on Maria Island. Field missions are used to assess species conservation status, key threats and initial actions needed to kick start the programme. The St Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) once again paid tribute to a former member, by staging the annual LUCELEC Michael Mathurin Rugby Challenge over the weekend at the La Clery Playing Field. The Government of Saint Lucia includes the whiptail lizard under the new wildlife protection act, recognising the need to protect the species which has a small population size and highly restricted range. Intensive management of four sub-populations of the Saint Lucia whiptail lizards continues by maintaining strict biosecurity and surveillance to ensure early detection of any re-invasion of predatory mammals. The Government of Saint Lucia approaches Durrell requesting a safety-net captive population is established in Jersey to protect the future of the restricted species. Two translocations are successfully conducted as part of a trial to establish a sub-population on the recently restored Praslin Island. In May 1995, 42 lizards from Maria Major were introduced to the smaller uninhabited Praslin Island on the same coastline. The most recent population estimation suggests a total of 906 individuals. St Lucia whiptail, Vanzo's whiptail: Vulnerable. About the Rapid assessment stage Fa • Baskin JN, Williams EE (1966). The $2.6bn project in St Lucia has promised sorely needed jobs, but critics say it threatens the natural environment and local culture . Durrell steps back from the programme and provides technical support to local partners on request. Four snake species can be found on the island – the worm snake, the St Lucia lance head (the fer de lance, a viper), the St Lucia racer and the St Lucia boa constrictor. Therefore this stage was not completed by Durrell. The capture of St Lucia in 1796 was the second time the 27th Regiment was involved in the capture of the island. With the island’s lush interior, it is a natural habitat for a range of wildlife from tree lizards, geckos and iguanas. It often requires the most resources as it lays the foundation for a species’ long-term recovery. St Lucia is a tropical paradise which attracts millions of tourists every year. Click for the full story of the Saint Lucia whiptail lizard. 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