Tag: blue iguana

Development encroaching on home of the blues

Development encroaching on home of the blues

| 26/04/2022 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Plans to create a subdivision of six plots for family-sized homes on a parcel of untouched primary forest habitat off the Queen’s Highway would encroach on the home of the Cayman Islands’ iconic, endangered blue iguana. As the relentless development continues in Grand Cayman, it increasingly threatens the more remote areas of East End […]

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DoE ramps up feral cats campaign

DoE ramps up feral cats campaign

| 08/10/2021 | 152 Comments

(CNS) Feral cats are causing irreversible damage to critically endangered native animal populations across all three Cayman Islands. As a result, the Department of Environment is ramping up its education campaign on social media, making the case for a humane cull. The experts say the cats cannot be allowed to continue to roam freely and […]

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Feral cats create crisis for local birds and reptiles

Feral cats create crisis for local birds and reptiles

| 21/09/2021 | 97 Comments

(CNS): Experts at the Department of Environment who focus on Cayman’s unique and rare birds and reptiles are increasingly concerned about the danger posed to many species across all three islands from feral cats. The threat to the endemic rock iguana on Little Cayman has been well documented but these animals are also a critical […]

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Plan rolled out for ‘blues’ precarious future

Plan rolled out for ‘blues’ precarious future

| 04/08/2021 | 2 Comments

(CNS): The Blue Iguana Conservation programme has launched a Strategic Species Action Plan for the next five years, which outlines the objectives to help conserve Grand Cayman’s iconic blue iguana. Although the species has been brought back from the brink of extinction, its future remains precarious as the original threats that almost killed off this […]

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Gardeners asked to help feed the ‘blues’

Gardeners asked to help feed the ‘blues’

| 13/07/2021 | 18 Comments

(CNS): A change in landscape and development pressures have led to the loss of more than half of the wild spaces that used to provide food for the animals at the breeding centre, according to Blue Iguana Conservation, a National Trust for the Cayman Islands programme. As a result, a new initiative is being launched […]

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Iconic blues get their own international day

Iconic blues get their own international day

| 18/05/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The endangered blue iguanas now have their own annual international day, even though they exist in the wild only in the Cayman Islands. The bid to put this iconic reptile on the world stage follows international efforts over the years that have contributed toward bringing this species back from the brink of extinction. The […]

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Drivers urged to lookout for blues

Drivers urged to lookout for blues

| 07/04/2021 | 9 Comments

(CNS): With the blue iguana breeding season now underway, drivers are urged to look out for these iconic and still endangered indigenous animals on the road as they roam around to find mates and territory. Motorists are asked to slow down and give the blues a wide berth as part of the conservation effort. The […]

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Blues doing well but remain under pressure

Blues doing well but remain under pressure

| 24/08/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): With over 60 baby blues already hatched this season at the Blue Iguana Conservation (BIC) facility at the Botanic Park, Cayman’s iconic but endangered iguana is doing well. But the same pressures that pushed it to the brink of extinction remain and researchers are urging people to stay vigilant about the threats, drive considerately […]

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Baby blues hatch in wild

Baby blues hatch in wild

| 16/07/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Researchers working on the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme discovered the first wild hatchling of 2019 at the weekend. Pictures of the baby blues captured by the programme’s manager, Luke Harding, and posted on social media show that the species is breeding in the wild in Cayman once again, after being very close to extinction.

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Prince urges offshore to invest in climate solutions

Prince urges offshore to invest in climate solutions

| 29/03/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Prince of Wales turned to his deep concerns about climate change when he delivered a speech at a packed Pedro St James on Thursday evening at the end of his visit to the Cayman Islands. Having spent the day touring the islands, Prince Charles said that there was an “ever greater need to […]

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Blues get over $200k for future conservation

Blues get over $200k for future conservation

| 22/01/2019 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, which has saved Grand Cayman’s iconic and endemic iguana from extinction, has received a welcome grant of over CI$212,000 as it moves into Phase II of this critically important conservation project. The money has come from the the Darwin Plus Initiative, a UK-based grant scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and […]

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