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The great lizards of El Hierro roam again 

The great lizards of El Hierro are becoming quite a tourist attraction but in a controlled way.

The Cabildo is keen to tell residents and holidaymakers what to do if they see a “Lagarto Gigante” in the wild in a bid to help with its protection.

Improvements have also been carried out in the visiting terrariums of the Recovery Centre of the Giant Lizard in the El Golfo Valley. It is the only facilities with a recreated natural environment in which visitors can see specimens of this unique species in danger of extinction in close-up, so they have great tourist and educational interest.

Both these premises and the Ecomuseum of Guinea are looked after by El Meridiano SAU and are situated at the foot of the Fuga de Gorreta in the El Golfo Valley.

Personnel of the environ-ment department have been sprucing up these facilities, recreating various habitats such as a sandy beach, a volcanic malpais and a ravine.

The centre’s biologist, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, also taught a recycling course aimed at tourists with the aim of keeping abreast of the latest news regarding the study of this unique reptile.

Colonies are being looked after in the same valley but away from the coast and therefore people in a bid to reintroduce the giant lizards to the wild.

“From the Cabildo we have understood that training is vital when it comes to offering a quality tourism product and, in parallel, to improve the dissemination and scientific knowledge about this unique lizard in the world and a true pride for El Hierro,” said Sr. Rodriguez.