Turks & Caicos Sporting Club Partners With Dr. Glenn Gerber of the San Diego Zoo for Resident Rock Iguana Translocation Program



    AMBERGRIS CAY, British West Indies, March 18 /CNW/ -- Turks & Caicos
Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay is pleased to announce its partnership with Dr.
Glenn Gerber of the San Diego Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research for
Endangered Species (CRES). Dr. Gerber is working closely with the Turks &
Caicos Sporting Club to preserve native Turks & Caicos rock iguana
populations. The preservation of the native iguanas is one element within the
larger scope of the conservation-based planning approach at the core of DPS
Sporting Club Development.
    Ambergris Cay, the private island residence of Turks & Caicos Sporting
Club, is home to the largest population of the Turks & Caicos rock iguana
(Cyclura carinata). This endangered species is of extreme interest to both
developers and members of Ambergris Cay, as the island remains the only
location where humans and the rock iguanas co-exist. Many islands in the Turks
& Caicos lost their iguana populations due to a long history of predators,
such as feral cats and dogs. Currently, there are only a few uninhabited
islands left with the endangered reptile species. In fact, rock iguanas now
live in only five percent of their historic range.
    DPS Sporting Club Development provides all Turks & Caicos Sporting Club
members with informative guidelines on how to co-exist peacefully with the
rock iguanas.
    Dr. Gerber and his team of endangered species research experts work to
capture populations of the rock iguanas for translocation to Bush Cay, a small
island just south of Ambergris Cay. With the help of Ambergris Cay on-site
naturalists, the team distributes iguanas to uninhabited cays that will be
able to promote the continued regeneration of the species.
    Previous work from the CRES has shown that translocated iguanas
experience faster growth rates and, in turn, faster reproductive rates,
promising the hopeful conservation of the species through repopulation. The
Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay will continue to work with Dr.
Gerber and members of the CRES in efforts to conserve these unique and
historically significant reptiles.

    
    For more information on Dr. Glenn Gerber and the San Diego Zoo's CRES,
                                 please visit
    http://cres.sandiegozoo.org/projects/sp_anegada_iguanas_headstart.html
    

    Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay is an 1,100-acre private
island residential community offering distinguished home-sites ranging from
$600,000 to $6 million USD and world-class amenities such as the longest
private airstrip in the Caribbean, world-class fishing, deep water marina,
environmental learning center, spa, and fine-dining. Created by DPS Sporting
Club Development Company, LLC, developers of private, environmentally
sensitive, single-family residential sporting communities on historic and
unique properties, with a commitment to preserving the distinct character of
each location. These clubs are managed by DPS Management Company, the
exclusive service provider for the renowned Greenbrier Resort & Club
Management Company, combining world class services, amenities and outdoor
pursuits for all ages and skill levels. The award-winning DPS Sporting Club
Collection includes The Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs,
W.VA.; Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay, British West Indies;
Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; The Ford Plantation, Savannah,
Ga. and Deep Water Cay Club, The Bahamas.

    Life, Well Played!

    Visit Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at www.lifeonthecay.com and DPS at
www.lifewellplayed.com




For further information:

For further information: Mimi Crume, Director of Communications of DPS 
Sporting Club Development Co., LLC for Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at
Ambergris Cay, +1-646-291-8765, mcrume@dpsdevelopment.com; Web Site:
http://www.lifeonthecay.com, http://www.lifewellplayed.com

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