Blue Iguana Conservation & Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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A tour of the Blue Iguana Conservation’s captive breeding facility offers an up-close-and-personal view of the Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), Grand Cayman’s largest native land animal. The tour introduces guests to some of the programme’s star breeders and shares the fascinating tale of how the programme began in 1990, with only 30 dedicated Blue Iguanas, under the direction of conservationist Fred Burton. Today, the breeding facility is home to approximately 100 Blue Iguanas of varying ages, many over five-feet long and in excess of 25 pounds.

History

The Blue Iguana once numbered in the tens of thousands but over decades the population was decimated by development, wild animals, vehicular traffic and human population. By 2001, fewer than 30 individuals were estimated to remain in the wild and the species was listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Formerly known as the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, the initial goal of the programme was to restore a wild population of 1,000 Blue Iguanas in order to encourage a viable population in the long-term. Due to the efforts of the programme, the Blue Iguanas were downgraded from the IUCN’s “red list” to endangered in 2012.

By 2018, we released our 1,000th Blue Iguana, celebrating an important milestone for the programme.

Skilled Level: Beginner
Intensity Level: Relaxed Quiet
Family Friendly: Yes

Schedule

Thursday – Sunday

Guided Tours

10:30 am, 11:30am  to 2:00 pm.

Self Guided Tours

10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

  • Booking is done 1 day in advance.
  • Cancellation 1 day in advance.
What's Included

Ticket includes:

  • Tour of The Blue Iguana Conservation facility.
  • Entrance to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, where you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the beautiful grounds.
Getting To Your Tour

Contact us for transportation services to and from the Conservation Facility at an additional cost.

What To Bring
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen/hat recommended.
Additional Information

Accesability: Gravel Path

Cancellation Policy

This ticket(s) is/are valid for use 7 days pre or post the confirmed date of entry originally purchased.

Purchase is refundable if cancelled up to 7 days prior of scheduled tour date.

Tickets purchased are non-refundable within 7 days of scheduled tour date.

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