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Welcome to our conservation network

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance is regional network of protected areas set up to help and assist the park management and conservation organisations on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Together we are working to safeguard our unique natural world.

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This month’s issue is all about migration. An exciting discovery in Venezuela of bats originally tagged on Aruba and Bonaire, confirms their long distance travel between our islands and the South American continent. In St. Maarten waters, Humpback Whales were tagged to gain insight in their migratory routes as a way to improve conservation strategies for these majestic marine mammals. Several Humpback Whales were fitted with satellite transmitters that provide a ‘live feed’ of the animal’s location. On St. Eustatius research efforts are beginning to shed more light on a very elusive bird species: The Bridled Quail-dove.

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    Species in the Spotlight:

    Lesser Antillean Iguana

    The Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) was once found throughout the Lesser Antilles, ranging from Anguilla to Martinique, but population sizes have been subject to a rapid decline. Nowadays, the Lesser Antillean Iguana is found on only 13 islands in the region, with St. Eustatius being its last refuge within the Dutch Caribbean, hence its listing on the IUCN Red List as an Endangered Species facing extinction. Of these 13 island populations, only two exceed the long-term minimum viable population size of 5,000 individuals (Dominica and Guadeloupe) and on six the species is on the brink of extinction.

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Dutch Caribbean Islands

The Dutch Caribbean islands are remote, tiny and divided into two distinct groups which are separated by more than 900 km of open water. Their natural heritage is rich and diverse, making them a ‘hotspot’ for biodiversity.