Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Director’s Blog

Welcome Ricky Ebanks

Our recently vacant Blue Iguana Warden position has been filled quickly, thanks to a top-rate slate of applicants! Ricky Ebanks is our new face at the Blue Iguana captive facility, and he’s fast learning the ropes from our ‘veteran,’ experienced Warden John Marotta. Ricky is a native Caymanian who spent much of his early life [...]



Happy New Year to all…

A very happy New Year to all you Blue Iguana supporters and followers! 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 [...]



Strategic Plan to save the Blue Iguana

We now have a new Strategic Plan to save the Blue Iguana. Four days of meetings with our local and international partners came to a close last night, and our friends and colleagues John Binns (IRCF) and Stephan Funk (Durrell Wildlife) headed home this morning. Tandora Grant (San Diego Zoo) leaves us on Tuesday. Here [...]



2008 Blue Iguana release is done!

A large group of volunteers and well-wishers saw off the last 12 of the twenty-five young Blues to go free this year, on Sunday. Highlights were the release of little twin “Ivan” who is finally big enough to go free, and mature young female “Connie” whose freedom day had been delayed two years waiting for [...]



Planning the Blue’s Future

PLANNING THE BLUE’s FUTURE…  As we prepare for the second and final release of this year’s 25 lucky Blues into the Salina Reserve, which is set for next Sunday (23rd November), we are also gearing up for a four-day meeting in the first week of December, during which our local and international partners will be [...]



Tropical Storm Gustav

TROPICAL STORM GUSTAV is expected to be strengthening to a hurricane as it passes over the Cayman Islands area tonight (Friday). The Blue Iguana captive facility is secured for the storm, thanks to a lot of work by our staff and volunteers over the last 2 days! Contingency arrangements are in place to ensure our [...]



Blue Iguana Cocktail Competition

Sunday afternoon at Bed Restaurant in Grand Cayman, has just been the scene of an unusual fundraiser for the Blues. Cayman Distributors hatched the idea, Bed provided the venue. Eleven notable bartenders and other independent mixologists stirred, shook and blended their ideas of the ultimate Blue Iguana cocktail, in front of a discerning and enthusiastic [...]



Sister Isles Rock Iguana conservation research

Sister Isles Rock Iguana conservation research – a talk by Matthias Goetz….  for those of you in Grand Cayman, Matt Goetz from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (one of the BIRP’s international partners) has been on Little Cayman these last 2 months. On Wednesday 30th, 7pm at the Brasserie Conference room at Cricket Square, Matt [...]



Art & Jazz for Jack and the Blues Well

Art & Jazz for Jack and the Blues Well over 200 guests came to an event at the Westin Casuarina’s ballroom on Friday, with half the proceeds to benefit the Blue Iguanas. Originally conceived as a fundraiser for medical expenses for the cancer-stricken Jack Oplustil, the event was widened to embrace the Blues as tragically [...]



A long lost female Blue is back with us!

“Wallflower”, who hatched in 1999 and was released in the QE II Botanic Park in 2001, had ot been seen since a year after her release – or so we thought, until this week. For some time our Blue Iguana Warden John Marotta has been keeping an eye on an untagged female of the [...]