On November 16th, 2023, Thai National Park officials, wildlife conservation agency officials, and relevant officials performed a field inspection to instruct locals and investigate the population of iguanas in Phatthana Nikhom, Lopburi.
According to the report from National Park officials, green iguanas, an alien species, are breeding in large numbers in Phatthana Nikhom areas, approximately 100 were found during the investigation. The extensive number of green iguanas in the area have been causing trouble to locals by mangling agricultural crops.
National park officials captured some of the iguanas for further nurture in the Wildlife Rescue Center, Nakhon Nayok.
The green iguana is a 1st classification controlled and protected wild animal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. If you find a wild green iguana, please call 1362 for further nurture proceedings in the Wildlife Rescue Centers across Thailand.
However, the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation issued relevant departments to survey the population of green iguanas without an owner across Thailand to further capture them.
National park officials voiced concerns that the excessive population of iguanas may be uncontrollable, similarly, to monkey problems in Lopburi. Therefore, the relevant officials will take serious and urgent actions to control the population before it is too late.