The Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is a treat to see in the wild as they are native to Grand Cayman and the only place in the world to find them. They are the largest land animal in Grand Cayman and can grow up to 25 pounds and are up to five feet long. In 2001 there were less than 30 in the whole world, under threat by human interference from development, climate change, and many other reasons. But thanks to the Iguana Conservation center, there are now an estimated 600 – 1000 blue iguanas in the wild. The Conservation Center has released over 1000 Blue Iguanas into the wild.
The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, now renamed the Blue Iguana Conservation Center, is located in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. The center includes a nursery for baby blue iguanas, an education area, and offices for support and veterinary staff.
International Blue Iguana Day was established on May eighth, 2021, to recognize all the people and organizations around the world who helped bring the population back to endangered from the critical red alert.
When you visit the conservatory, you will be able to go on a self-guided tour and take your time to learn about the blue iguanas and the project. The affordable entrance fee goes to help fund the project to preserve and help grow the population.