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More Giant Lizards released on El Hierro 

El Hierro has carried out the third release into its natural habitat of the island’s Giant Lizard.

In total, there have been 46 specimens of “Gallotia simonyi” released on the cliffs of Punta de Miguel, in the municipality of El Pinar. All were born in the breeding centre of El Golfo Valley in 2011 and 2012.

The release was supervised by councillor for the environment, Hector Hernández, and the biologist responsible for the Recovery Plan of the Giant Lizard of El Hierro, Miguel Angel Rodríguez.

The specimens of Giant Lizard have previously undergone various training tests in the new scientific recovery centre located at Finca Los Palmeros, in the El Golfo Valley.

There, they have been dewormed and prepared to adapt to their natural habitat and to the diet they will find in freedom.

At the time, they also underwent various training tests to recognise a predator (raptors and feral cats).

The previous releases have been carried out in Punta de Agache and Punta de Arelmo. This new release took place in Punta de Miguel, located in the south-east of the island, with suitable vegetation.

With this new release of lizards, there are currently eight populations of this endangered species in El Hierro.