Salina Blues Population Survey 2013 Our triennial survey of the restored Blue Iguana population in the Salina Reserve is just wrapping up. All through March, our team of eight walked every segment of trail in our survey zones, twice a day for eighteen active survey days, logging every iguana detected using a distance sampling protocol. That all added up to 441 iguana detection events, and a huge mound of data now organized in an impressive spreadsheet and about to undergo preliminary analysis. We are just clarifying the last few mysteries out there in the Salina, and should be calling the job done within the next day...
It’s the question we are asked most often.
“How many Blue Iguanas are in the wild now?”
It’s one of the measuring sticks which we use to measure progress to our long term goal. To quote our own strategic plan,
“We envision a population of at least one thousand Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas, living freely within one or [...]
Our longest serving Blue Iguana Warden, John Marotta, sadly left the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme’s employment at the end of March. In his characteristic style, John is staying on in a volunteer capacity until the time comes to leave, and he plans to visit often and continue to lend us a hand.
John and his wife [...]
Here’s a short video of our first Blue Iguana release to the wild, for 2012.
The veterinary Dream Team from WCS and colleagues have once again pronounced our captive youngsters healthy and fit for release. We forged ahead while the vets were still here so they could join us in releasing some of the iguanas they [...]
Cayman News Service
Botanic Park under threat
Posted on Tue, 10/23/2012 – 17:54 in Science and Nature
(CNS): The Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park in Frank Sound is the latest important natural resource on Grand Cayman to be threatened by development. Despite significant concerns raised by the Department of Environment and the National Trust among others, the Central Planning Authority has [...]
31st March, 2009
The Cayman Islands Government has taken decisive action to help save the world’s most endangered iguana. Almost 200 acres of government-owned prime dry shrubland habitat in the east interior of the Grand Cayman is being protected, to provide area for restoration of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, Cyclura lewisi.
The Grand Cayman Blue [...]