Blue Iguana Recovery Program

New Team Blue volunteers – Gloria Bettencourt

May 28th, 2008 | By | Category: Director's Blog

Gloria Bettencourt (left), Stephanie Marshall, Peter Alexander (back to camera) and local volunteer Kirstyn Werner at the captive facility yesterday

New Team Blue volunteers Gloria Bettencourt and Stephanie Marshall, a mother-daughter team, joined us last Friday, and are happily at work in the captive facility. They join Peter Alexander, and the array of local volunteers who are helping as we deal with the early nesting season. The incubators are humming away with sixty-five eggs today, and John Marotta reports Red-Pale Blue nested last night.

A second wave of nesting may be on the way, since the rainy season has now broken and the soil in the Park is becoming nice and moist, perfect for iguana eggs!

The other good news this week is on Billy and Archie. Both were severely injured in the attack on 3rd. May, and have been under treatment first by Dr. Stephanie James from the Wildlife Conservation Society, then by Dr. Elisabeth Broussard from Island Veterinary Services. Elisabeth delivered the final treatments on Monday, by which stage Billy had already demolished the net we had been using to restrain him for treatment! There’s no mistaking Billy’s return to top form, and happily Archie is almost back to normal too. A huge thanks to both vets for a job so very well done!

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