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Topic: Jamaica’s Hope Zoo Update with General Curator, and past SDZG Reptile Keeper, Joey Brown
Time: Dec. 9. 2020 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
A past reptile keeper from the San Diego Zoo, Joey Brown is currently the general curator of Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to caring for their exotic animal collection, Hope Zoo functions as both a local wildlife sanctuary and the home of the head-start program for the critically endangered Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei).
Considered one of the greatest conservation success stories, the Jamaican iguana was thought to be extinct until a small population was rediscovered in 1990. Since then, in an effort to avoid threats from invasive species, hatchling iguanas have been routinely collected from the wild and brought to Hope Zoo so they can be reared for several years until being reintroduced back to the wild.
As of October 2020, Hope Zoo has worked with local and international partners (including AZA zoos) to head-start and release a total of 489 Jamaican iguanas back to the wild.
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