Cayman’s Blue Dragons get worldwide coverage
Cayman’s endangered Blue
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
The endangered Blue Iguana is enjoying some international
exposure this month as their plight has been cited in the world renowned National Geographic Magazine.
The short story tells of the Blue Dragon’s plight
here and its near extinction. However it also mentions the Cayman Islands’ National Trust programme that has introduced
more than 70 Iguanas into the reserves at the Botanic Gardens.
Speaking with National Geographic, programme director
Fred Burton explains that the team is beginning to run out of room to put the iguanas safely.
“We need to buy 500 acres of private land, fence
it and remove the feral cats,” he told the magazine. The Blue Iguana reached a low point of only 25 here at one time
as a result of the growth in population which led to encroachment on the iguana’s habitat, more road kill and pets that
would kill young iguanas.
The captive breeding programme has given hope for the
survival of the indigenous blue lizard, which is found nowhere else in the world.