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Giant Iguanas Spotted in East End!

Alright so this guy is looking a bit bloated after his Christmas dinner…

But Giant Iguanas of another kind have been discovered all over Grand Cayman, that culture vultures and nature lovers alike, can appreciate.

The National Trust, National Gallery, and Department of Tourism have organised an extraordinary outdoor art event – never before seen or tried on this island! The Blue Dragon Trail mixes together arts and entertainment in an attempt to conserve the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana.

15 larger-than-life-size sculptures were commissioned and local artists were let loose on them, painting the dragons in all kinds of colours and themes. The diverse and durable works were then ‘released’ throughout Grand Cayman. Visitors can follow a special trail map from the Department of Tourism or the National Trust. (Note: The closest one to The Reef is in the village of East End and there is another at Rum Point).

(I found this photo amongst a group of anonymous ones that I’ve gathered from willing victims – if this is you, thank you for the photo – and please stake your claim to fame so I can give you due credit!)

The Grand Cayman Blue Iguana is the most endangered Iguana in the world; It’s estimated that there are as few as 25 of these special blue dragons left living in the wild. A recovery programme has been running here for several years but conservationists are still concerned.

The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme is based at the Queen Elizabeth ll Botanic Park (speak to our concierge for details, email concierge@thereef.com.ky

If you want to help there are several ways of donating: Adopt a blue iguana or help build the new boundary fence that is much needed. There is a website dedicated to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. Click here to visit; you can even see an aerial view photo of the park and see the progress that is being made with the fence – at present time they need a lot more help with this project.

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  1. Des
    Posted June 18, 2006 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    From the picture, that appears to be Sapphire lazing on the picnic table.

    I’m sad to say that this month Sapphire, along with Slugger, was killed by stray dogs that had wandered into the Park.

    For pics of Slugger and Sapphire, you can visit my blog (http://desircf.blogspot.com)

    For new articles and updates from the BIRP director Fred Burton, please visit http://www.blueiguana.ky

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