Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Kindergarteners at St Ignatius sponsor iguanas

May 12th, 2006 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press

Cayman Net News Online

Friday, May 12, 2006

The youngest of kindergarten students led St Ignatius Prep School in an effort to raise funds for the oldest of creatures when their “blue civvy day” raised over CI$600 to blue iguanas at the Botanic Park.

The kindergarten class and its teachers Ann Crum Ewing and Margaret Gibson spearheaded the fundraising drive.

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The youngsters have been learning all about the endangered blue iguanas since the start of the school year and the field trip to the Botanic Park was the highlight of the term.

They toured the Blue Iguana Captive Breeding Facility and with the help of their teachers chose two iguanas to sponsor ” a female named Deborah, and a young male ” by the name of Ivan ” which hatched the day of Hurricane Ivan.

Deborah and Ivan are both permanent residents at the Botanic Park so the students and their families will be able to visit them for years to come.

Ms Ewing said during the visit that the group loved learning about the iguanas.

“We created our own ‘Blue Dragon Trail’ and each child painted his/her own iguana. We learned about the iguanas in class, we had a blue civvy day; we have sponsored not one, but two iguanas,” she said.

Caymannet News �And for the Pennies from Heaven Charity Auction our class designed a beautiful pottery bowl, covered in blue iguanas which each child painted.�

Ms Gibson described the project as meaningful, fun and inspiring to the participants.

“When children are young they are so eager to get involved and this early respect for the iguana will, hopefully, translate into a life long desire to care for our environment and all its inhabitants” she said.

For more information on how you can sponsor your own blue iguana, visit the site at

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