Introduced Iguanas, Not Native Anoles, Dominate Dominican Gift Shop T-Shirts

T-shirts photographed in gift shops in the Santo Domingo airport (left and center), and a guy wearing a Punta Cana iguana t-shirt photographed during a layover in Atlanta (right).

We’ve previously discussed how difficult it is to find gifts featuring anoles (aside from some cafepress fare).  Even more depressing is the fact that introduced green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are regular features on gift shop fare in the Dominican Republic, a country with one of the coolest of all anole faunas.  Heck, there aren’t even shirts with the native rock iguanas (Cyclura)!  We really need to recruit an entrepreneur to start making Dominican paraphenalia featuring endemic wildlife.

About Rich Glor

Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester and longtime anole enthusiast.
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2 Responses to Introduced Iguanas, Not Native Anoles, Dominate Dominican Gift Shop T-Shirts

  1. Robert Powell says:

    Same problem (non-native Green Iguanas dominating tourist items) occurs pretty much everywhere I’ve been in the Neotropics, including places with native Green Iguanas that look different than those on t-shirts and other items. I think some entrepreneur (probably in China or South Florida, where they also grace many t-shirts) has a couple of Green Iguana patterns onto which he stamps various place names to which he then distributes generic Green Iguana shirts. Sure would like to see an Anole (A. baorucoensis or ricordii) on a shirt in the DR.

  2. Hispanioland says:

    Yes, we don’t fall short of inspiration at all from the stars of our native herpetofauna. Besides being a conservation tool, it is also a good idea for local businesses!

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