Top model adopts Blue IguanaMay 13th, 2008 | By admin | Category: Blues in the Local Press
Top model adopts Blue Iguana
Cayman Net News Online
Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Luigi Moxam (r) presents Fred Burton with a cheque for the ‘adopted’ blue Iguana.
Cayman-born model Selita Ebanks, along with Luigi Moxam, fashion designer and owner of the One 345 clothing company, both visited the Blue Iguana section of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Tuesday, 6 May in order to each “adopt” a Blue Iguana.
Although their appearance at the park on Tuesday showed solidarity with the staff of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, following the recent slaughter of seven Blue Iguanas, the adoption was already planned.
The visit followed on from Luigi Moxam and Selita Ebanks’ support for the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme at a recent fundraising party, “Once in a Blue Moon,” held at the Brick House restaurant, Grand Harbour, on Saturday, 12 April.
At that event local bands and performers including Hit Depot and Lovechild joined forces with local artists to help raise money for the Blue Iguana Recovery Program.
At the Botanic Park, Ms Ebanks and Mr Moxam met with Warden of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program John Marota and Programme Director Fred Burton.
Adopting the Iguanas for CI$1,000 each will give both Mr Moxam and Ms Ebanks the right to name their iguana, although the animals they adopt will remain within the confines of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme holding site. The adoption process also involves the payment of a further CI$500 per year.
Speaking of her interest in the Blue Iguanas, Ms Ebanks explained that other members of her family, including her brother and her mother, had volunteered much time for the Blue Iguanas.
“When I found out the bad news, it is almost like a family member dying. It is disrespectful to what we as a community are trying to do,” she said.
“I can’t wait for the time when my children can roam around the bush and see them in abundance.”
Mr Marota said anybody wishing to contribute to the Blue Iguana Recovery Fund can do so by visiting www.blueiguana.ky