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Tag: Fred Burton

DoE opens $2 green iguana cull registration

DoE opens $2 green iguana cull registration

| 18/04/2017 | 49 Comments
(CNS): People interested in taking part in this year’s green iguana cull to reduce the numbers of the ubiquitous pest are asked to register tomorrow with the Department of Environment. Wednesday 19 April will be the first open day of registration for eligible locals and businesses to register [...]

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$2 bounty on iguanas in new cull plan

$2 bounty on iguanas in new cull plan

| 24/03/2017 | 68 Comments
(CNS): The next battle in the Department of Environment’s war on the invading green iguana will begin in May with a reduced bounty on their reptilian heads because of the significant numbers, officials have revealed. Efforts will begin to reduce the number of iguanas on Grand Cayman, which could b [...]

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Hybrid green-rock iguana hatchlings found on LC

Hybrid green-rock iguana hatchlings found on LC

| 20/09/2016 | 58 Comments
(CNS): The invasive green iguana has given another blow to local conservation with the discovery on Little Cayman of several hatchling iguanas which are believed to be hybrids of the invasive species and the native rock iguanas found in the Sister Islands. The unusual hatchlings have been examined b [...]

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Criteria set to help NCC pick land for conservation

Criteria set to help NCC pick land for conservation

| 01/09/2016 | 1 Comment
(CNS): The Department of Environment has come up with a list of criteria to help the National Conservation Council select potential sensitive habitats on land across the Cayman Islands to purchase and preserve. The public consultation period for people to nominate areas is open until the end of Octo [...]

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Iguana bounty chaos adds to challenges

Iguana bounty chaos adds to challenges

| 25/08/2016 | 69 Comments
(CNS): Fred Burton has described the recent green iguana cull experiments on Grand Cayman as “chaotic” and “discouraging”. The blue iguana expert, now working directly with the Department of the Environment on the invasive species project, said two of three professional hunters managed to ki [...]

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Cullers expected to bring in thousands of green iguanas

Cullers expected to bring in thousands of green iguanas

| 27/06/2016 | 66 Comments
(CNS): A week-long pilot project to see how effective local cullers can be in exterminating the invasive green iguana came to an end Sunday evening and it is expected that the team of 18 registered cullers will bring in thousands. Last month a group of three professional hunters killed more than 4,0 [...]

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‘Shocking’ iguana numbers pose environment crisis

‘Shocking’ iguana numbers pose environment crisis

| 20/06/2016 | 103 Comments
(CNS): Local experts now believe that there are around half a million invasive green iguanas on Grand Cayman. Early estimates indicate the population is doubling annually and there could be well over a million by this time next year. Research by the Department of Environment has revealed that the nu [...]

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Blue iguanas’ fight for survival hangs in balance

Blue iguanas’ fight for survival hangs in balance

| 01/07/2015 | 5 Comments
(CNS): The Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park will soon have a fence surrounding its 65 acres to keep out unwanted predators and protect Cayman’s endemic blue iguana. Having been rescued from the brink of extinction by the team at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program (BIRP), led by Fred Burton, [...]

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Blue iguana killed at Botanic Park by dog

Blue iguana killed at Botanic Park by dog

| 22/06/2015 | 45 Comments
(CNS): The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme is reeling from yet another loss after Inky, one of the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park’s star iguanas, was killed by a stray dog this weekend. A large adult male, Inky is said to be one of the most photographed of the BIRP animals that lives at the park in [ [...]

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Battle to save the blues needs more cash

Battle to save the blues needs more cash

| 16/06/2015 | 14 Comments
(CNS): The Cayman Islands endangered blue iguana may have stepped back from the brink of extinction as a result of the incredible work of Blue Iguana Recovery Programme (BIRP) Director Fred Burton but the iconic creature needs more support to secure its future as the threats it faces are increasing [...]

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Mosquito plane to help fight fire in Salina Reserve

Mosquito plane to help fight fire in Salina Reserve

| 28/01/2015 | 2 Comments
(CNS): A brush fire that has been burning in the Salina Reserve in East End since Tuesday is inaccessible to firefighters, and the Mosquito Research and Control Unit has been enlisted to help fight the blaze by spraying water from the air. The cause of the fire is unknown but the fire service told [...]

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