Approximately 200 pink iguanas remained on the slopes of Volcano Wolfe on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos Islands.
The volcano erupted on an island Galapagos Galapagos National Park announced on Friday that it is home to a critically endangered iguana, but it said the species is far away from affected areas.
Pink iguanas live on the slopes of Mount Wolf. According to reports, as of August last year, only 211 of them were left on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos Islands.
This volcano is the highest volcano in the Galapagos Islands, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the nearest human settlement.
In a statement shared On Friday, Galapagos National Park stated on Facebook that the volcano was emitting thousands of meters of smoke and ashes and was moving to the north side of the island, where no one was in danger.
-Galapagos Park (@parquegalapagos) January 7, 2022
The National Park stated that as a precautionary measure, it sent eight park rangers and scientists to check the situation with the pink iguanas on Friday morning.
“The team confirmed that the habitat of these species is far from the volcanic eruption and impact zone, so no additional protection measures are currently considered,” the statement read.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a protected wildlife area and home to unique plant and animal species.
The archipelago is famous by British geologists and naturalists Charles DarwinObservations of evolution there.
The area also has yellow iguanas and the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
According to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), the pink iguana was first discovered by park rangers in 1986 and was classified as a different species from other land iguanas in the Galapagos in 2009. UK registered charity Committed to island protection.
The trust described iguanas as “one of the most vulnerable species in the Galapagos Islands” and stated on its website that there are only about 200 iguanas left on the island, restricted to 25 square kilometers (9.6 square miles). On the slope. Wolf volcano. They can’t be found elsewhere.
“They resemble the Galapagos land iguana in appearance. They have a short head, powerful hind legs, and sharp claws on their toes, but despite their intimidating appearance, they are mainly herbivores— -Feed on the leaves and fruits of the cactus,” it said.
“Their only defining characteristic is their color; pink, with dark vertical stripes on the body.”
Volcano Wolfe erupted for the last time in 2015 after 33 years of inactivity, which did not affect local wildlife.
For its part, the Quito Geophysical Institute stated that the 1,707-meter (5,600-foot) volcano spewed 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) of gas and ash clouds into the air, with lava flowing on its southern and southeastern slopes. .
Isabela Island also has four other active volcanoes.
[1530 UTC 07 Jan] Volcano Wolfe in the Galapagos Islands is producing a puff of gas and volcanic ash, which is evident on the GOES-16 GeoColor image. The plume is moving westward at a low level.
For more information, please refer to the Ashfall advisory issued by @WashVAAC exist https://t.co/avzVpIWMbW pic.twitter.com/2ZvjAwtes2
— NHC_TAFB (@NHC_TAFB) January 7, 2022