Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Help save the Blues

Aug 17th, 2005 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press

Caymanian Compass
by Editor

If you’re a visitor to our beautiful islands we hope you get the blues.

And if you already live here, we sincerely hope you get the blues.

Not the boo’hoo kind, but the Blue Dragon kind.

Painted Blue Dragon sculptures are all over Grand Cayman, from Hell to Rum Point.

Artists were let loose on the sculptures. They painted the Dragons in colours and themes using their active imaginations.

Each of the sculptures carries an interpretation of the artists’ inspiration and information about the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana.

Now the National Trust and National Gallery, supported by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the Dart Foundation, are giving visitors and residents a chance to familiarize themselves with the Blues via the Blue Dragon Trail, which flows around the island.

It’s all in an effort to help preserve the real Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, which is the most endangered species in the world.

To help with the trek, a special guide has been produced and will soon cover the island. The guide can also be found on the Department of Tourism’s website.

The whole concept of the Blue Dragon Trail weaves art with the environment and is another way Cayman can bank on ecotourism.

The guide also provides interesting and useful information about the real Blue Iguanas that fight daily for their lives out in the wild.

Guide facts cover survival, the animals’ armour and that they turn from grey to blue when in the sun

It is estimated there are only 10 to 25 Blue Iguanas left in the wild.

Many more reside at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park off Frank Sound Road in North Side; residents of a captive breeding programme.

Through the Blue Dragon Trail programme, it is hoped more people will become familiar with the indigenous creatures.

As people become aware they will be able to do more in the effort to save the animals, whether it’s calling animal control or the humane society to trap and remove feral cats and dogs, volunteering or sponsoring a real, live Blue Iguana.

Sponsorship is easy.

You can name or sponsor a Blue Iguana by donating to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. Just log on to www.Blueiguana.ky or call 345’949’0121.

So go ahead, get the blues.

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