Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Programme News

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 [...]



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 [...]



The Little Blue Book has launched!

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Programme News

At a wonderful launch evening at Rackams CBlue restaurant in Grand Cayman, hosted by Greenlight Re, “The Little Blue Book – a short history of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana” has been launched and is now available.



New Blue Iguana Video

May 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Programme News

Cayman Islands Govt Info Services
Heather Hopson explores how a once near extinct species of Iguanas has thrived thanks to the help of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme in the Cayman Islands.



Housing market looking up for the Blues

Mar 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Programme News

The artificial retreats that we have been using to release captive-reared Blue Iguanas to the wild, are about to undergo an upgrade. The young Blue Iguanas now free in the Salina Reserve are fast outgrowing the wooden “Mark 5” retreats they were released in. Research last year indicates that the iguanas are beginning to disperse [...]



Wardens and volunteers, comings and goings

Mar 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Programme News

At the end of February we said a sad farewell to one of our Blue Iguana Wardens, Cameron Richardson. Cam had been with us first as a regular volunteer, and came on staff in summer last year. Missing his friends, family and roots in his native Australia, Cam very reluctantly decided although he loved his [...]



Esso for the Blues

Jan 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Programme News

We passed into 2009 with Cayman’s local Esso company raising money for the Blue Iguanas by donating a few cents for every gallon of gasoline sold at all their stations throughout the Cayman Islands. Huge banners, funds-raised ‘thermometers’, staff shirts and Blue Iguana tote bags made it certain that nobody driving around could miss the [...]



Security Measures at Blue Iguana Facility

Jan 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Programme News

The captive breeding and head-starting facility for the Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas, located in the QE II Botanic Park, is no longer viewable from the Park’s woodland trail.
This is an unfortunate consequence of heightened security at the facility, following the killing of seven captive Blue Iguanas in May 2008 – in a case which [...]



Clean up after Hurricane Paloma Begins

Nov 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Programme News

Clean up after Hurricane Paloma Begins

Hurricane Paloma, a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, smashed into the Cayman Islands Saturday morning. Reports of flooding, power outages, fallen tree limbs and scattered debris were reported throughout Grand Cayman, although the Sister Islands, Cayman Brac [...]