Blue Iguana Recovery Program

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BBC News: Triumph of the Blues

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Blue in the News, Blues in the International Press

BBC News
By Matt McGrath, Environment Correspondent
“Triumph of the Blues – iconic iguana saved by trade ban”
Read on the BBC’s web site via this link:


Botanic Park under threat?

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Blue in the News, Blues in the Local Press

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 [...]

How many Blue Iguanas are there in the wild?

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Programme News, Uncategorized

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 [...]

A Farewell to John – but not quite…

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | 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 [...]

Salina Blues Population Survey 2013

Apr 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured article

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 [...]

The 2012 release of Blue Iguanas to the wild, has begun!

Jul 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press

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 [...]

Charity Drive by Island Heritage to raise funds for the Blues

Apr 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Island Heritage Insurance Company here in Grand Cayman, is holding a Charity Drive event next week. On Tues 24th April all day, locally originating Facebook likes and Tweets will trigger $1 donations from Island Heritage to the Blues, as will every vehicle using the Island Heritage Roundabout. Check out for details, and stay posted [...]

“Missing” piece of Salina Reserve slots into place

Oct 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured article

Thanks to willing landowners, and the Trust’s European Union EDF9 grant supplemented by a grant to the Trust by Maples FS, a strategic land purchase for the Salina Reserve has just been completed.
Originally deeded to the National Trust by the Cayman Islands Government, the Salina Reserve has always had a less-than-ideal northern boundary, because of [...]

Iguana Release lifts wild population to 650

Oct 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Programme News

After the Wildlife Conservation Society’s vet team gave our 2-year-old Blues a clean bill of health, the second release to the new Colliers Wilderness Reserve was set to go. Doug Bell, our stalwart field volunteer for many years, led the team placing newly built release retreats, and scoping the ones from last year which were [...]

Breeding begins among Blues released to the Colliers Wilderness Reserve

Jul 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured article

Just as we had hoped, this summer saw the first nesting of Blue Iguanas in the Grand Cayman’s new protected area, the Colliers Wilderness Reserve. Juanita, an adult female we released out there among the hundred-plus youngsters last year, became enamored of the big male Zarco, and evidently they must have mated this summer.
Then Juanita [...]