Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge

The Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge is a 58-hectare wildlife reserve located 5 kilometers off the Los Santos Province on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama.

Isla Iguana Lighthouse
Isla Iguana Lighthouse in 2013
Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge is located in Panama
Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge
LocationIsla Iguana
Los Santos Province
Coordinates7°37′42.6″N 79°59′52.6″W / 7.628500°N 79.997944°W / 7.628500; -79.997944
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal skeletal tower with balcony and light
Markings / patternwhite tower
Tower height12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height25 metres (82 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 13s.
Admiralty numberG3243
NGA number0047
ARLHS numberPAN-005[1][2]


Isla Iguana

During World War II, the United States Army used the Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge as a bombing range. To clear the area, two thousand-pound bombs stuck in the surrounding coral reef were detonated in the 1990s.

In the 1960s, a settler on the northern part of the island claimed it as his property and planted exotic plants such as mango and guava trees, corn and sugar cane. These non-native plants still inhabit the island to this day. Late in the decade, the man was removed by the government.

The Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge was declared protected on June 15, 1981.


An iguana at Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge, 2013.

Native animals include crabs (among them hermit crabs), black and green iguanas, boa constrictors, and red throated frigates. It is a vital nesting ground for several species of frigate as well as sea turtles.

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  1. ^ Southern Panamá The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 January 2017
  2. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 111: The West Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. and Hawaii), Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Islands of the North and South Pacific Oceans (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016.

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Coordinates: 7°37′44″N 79°59′53″W / 7.629°N 79.998°W / 7.629; -79.998