A Farewell to John – but not quite…Apr 16th, 2013 | By DirectorFred | Category: Programme News, Uncategorized
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 Mandy have decided it is time to leave Cayman, and have plans to move to Vermont, USA.
Under John’s watch at our captive breeding and head-starting facility, the growth rates of our young Blue Iguanas have come to match growth rates in the wild, and we are now able to release iguanas at two years old, rather than three as we did in former years. John also drove a big surge in the numbers of guests taking our Blue Iguana Safari tour, and has presented our work to the local and international press through print, TV and radio reporters who visit the facility.
John’s love for the iguanas in his care has always been wonderful to see, and it is that along with the many friendships he will leave here, which will doubtless bring him back to help from time to time.
Having said which, the iguanas don’t always return that care and tenderness, after all, they are being raised for life in the wild, and we aren’t in the business of taming them!
As John transitions away, the facility remains in excellent care of his friend and colleague, Alberto Estevanovich, who is supported by some outstanding local volunteers.
Sorry to lose you, John! May your future be bright, and we will see you again.