Blue Iguana Recovery Program

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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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

Blue Iguana volunteer passes away suddenly

Jun 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured article

As reported by authorities recently in local media, a young international volunteer with the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme passed away suddenly last Friday, 3rd June.
Daniel Hamilton was 21 years old. He was pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife at Purdue University, Indiana. He spoke of a lifelong fascination with reptiles, and [...]

Wine Auction and Dinner to benefit the Blues

Jan 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured article, Uncategorized

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(CNS): A charity wine, dinner and auction next week during Cayman Cookout will benefit the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme (BIRP) and a culinary school scholarship programme, which will help an aspiring Caymanian chef. Sponsored by the National Trust for the Cayman [...]

Stepping into the new Blue Iguana Reserve

Jun 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured article

Some time has now passed since a little splash of publicity announced that the Cayman Islands had gained a new protected area. Since then there hasn’t been much news about the Blue Iguana Reserve – as we are calling it for now.
From the Cabinet decision, to negotiating the lease agreement, to signing the lease, has [...]

Final preparations underway to assess Salina restored Blue Iguana population

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Featured article

Last December’s sixth annual release of young Blue Iguanas brought the total we have released into the Salina Reserve on Grand Cayman, over the 300 mark.
It is time now to take a detailed look at how all those iguanas are doing. We know they started breeding in the wild in 2006, but how successful has natural breeding been in raising the total wild population even further?

2009 Hatch Crams Captive Facility to the Limit

Sep 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured article

The Blue Iguana captive facility is now, as we anticipated, packed with more iguanas than ever before. “It’s a good problem to have” we keep saying to each other, as John, Alberto and the Team Blue volunteers scavenge the last of our oldest and most damaged hatchling cages and build anew, to keep pace with emergence of clutch after clutch from the incubators.