‘Charles’ the blue iguana released into the wild

| 11/05/2023 | 9 Comments
Prince Charles (now King Charles) meets Peter, the blue iguana, at the Botanic Park, March 2019 (Photo by Tim Rooke)
Prince Charles (now King Charles) meets ‘Blue Peter’ at the Botanic Park in March 2019 (Photo by Tim Rooke)

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) and Blue Iguana Conservation (BIC) have released a blue iguana named Charles into the Colliers Wilderness Reserve in East End. The endangered blue was set free just before the third annual International Blue Iguana Day when over 50 countries celebrate Grand Cayman’s endemic iguana.

Despite the efforts of Fred Burton, whose heroic efforts brought Cayman’s iconic reptile back from the brink of extinction, it remains in danger due to unchecked loss of habitat, as well as threats from invasive species and traffic.

Every blue iguana released into the wild is critical to the conservation project, and Charles, who was named in celebration of the coronation of King Charles III last weekend, represents another step in the species’ fight for survival.

Charles, then the Prince of Wales, was famously photographed at the facility during a royal visit in 2019 with ‘Blue Peter’, which helped to draw international attention to the iguanas and the efforts to save the species.

“The Blue Iguana Conservation team have wonderful memories of then Prince Charles visit to the Blue Iguana Conservation Facility in 2019,” said BIC Operations Manager Luke Harding. He said that releasing a blue iguana into the wild at this time was a special moment for the programme. “We felt it was a unique way to join in the celebration of the coronation. We are grateful for all of the support we have received both locally and internationally.”

The video of the blue iguana release, filmed by Stuart Wilson, NTCI Historic Programme Manager, can be viewed on the NTCI Facebook page.

To learn more about Blue Iguana Conservation visit the NTCI website or follow @blueiguanaconservation on Facebook and Instagram.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He can handle a cat.

  2. Love live “Charles” says:

    Cayman 💙 the BLUES

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hope someone told Blue Peter that those are not Vienna sausages.

  4. Elvis says:

    Probably end up in someones home made cage somewhere or a cooking pot at first sighting. Shame

  5. Anonymous says:

    Has he reproduced in captivity already?

    What are the odds of him finding a female blue in the wild?

    • Anonymous says:

      One thing is sure. The odds of survival and reproduction of release iguanas in the wild would be far greater if the feral cat population could be brought under control.

    • Anonymous says:

      From the photos, he’s not yet breeding size. The photo here depicts Peter who is a different iguana. Hopefully, iguana Charles will successfully breed in the wild

    • Anonymous says:

      The iguana or Charlie?

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