Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba: What about the Anoles?

George Gorman in the field

George Gorman, guru of all things Anolis, writes in:

49 years before Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba , I made a historic visit to Cuba but did not visit the Castro brothers, nor was there a baseball game played in my honor. I did, however catch a lot of Anolis,and send a letter to Science about my trip … which was published.”

Read it here.

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

3 thoughts on “Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba: What about the Anoles?

  1. I was there for the revolution and watched it progress on TV. Pre-revolution conditions were dangerous enough that I could not search for anoles at night but I brought my last batch of specimens back to Cornell on the first plane that left Havana after the revolution.

    Bruce Collette

  2. Hi George! Great to hear from you, old friend! I, too, have been to Cuba, but in 1957 right after graduating high school. I had not yet focused on Anolis and my mission was catching big herps for the Philadelphia Zoo (my great mentor then was Roger Conant). Prospects were not good, so I went quickly on to Jamaica…. Also pretty bleak chances for boas and iguanas, but caught three young crocodiles before moving on to Haiti. There I found my boas and iguanas aplenty…. And sent back anoles that Conant sent on to Ernest williams at MCZ. And then….

  3. Skip, So good to hear from you too. A belated thanks for sharing your knowledge of Lesser Antillean anoles and cheap guest-houses as I began my somewhat interrupted career.
    You were truly an inspiration.
    (If anyone cares, I co-authored a paper with Luisa Otero and Ray Huey in 2015 on temperature and reproduction in A. cristatellus…on the 50th anniversary of my first anole paper…I thought that might be some sort of intra-generic time-span record, but you’ve got me beat! Great work on Guana

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