Relatively little is currently known about the Honduran paleate spiny-tailed iguana, so further knowledge of this species is imperative if conservation efforts are to be successful. A project funded by the International Iguana Foundation was initiated in 2008, to develop accurate estimates of population size and distribution (7), which will allow for more effective conservation management of this distinctive reptile. The project includes the involvement of local people, which helps to raise awareness of this iguana’s importance and will be a key part in the survival of this species (7).
Very few Honduran paleate spiny-tailed iguanas are held in captivity and even less are involved in breeding programmes (8)
[,] so it is crucial that the remaining wild populations are protected. Unfortunately, it does not currently occur in any protected areas and is not afforded any legal protection (1). It is, however, listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (2), which should help ensure that international trade does not threaten this species’ survival (6).