Cayman’s new Governor recently got a close-up view of one the island’s most famous residents.
Last Saturday, Mr. Stuart Jack and his wife Mariko toured the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme along with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
National Trust Director Frank Roulstone, Park Director Andrew Guthrie and Iguana Programme Director Fred Burton guided the Jacks around the facilities, said a GIS press release.
During the tour the Jacks heard about the impressive results of the Blue Iguana Captive Breeding Programme for Cayman’s largest native land animal. But, despite these achievements, it was explained that the long-term success of the programme would be dependent upon the protection of sufficient iguana habitat to ensure a viable wild breeding population, the release said.
‘We are working with the Department of the Environment on plans for a Blue Iguana Reserve in the East End,’ Mr. Burton said. ‘We hope some of this land may be gifted but we must also raise more from visitors, donations, sponsorship and sales to guarantee the Blue Iguana’s future.’
The Jacks also had an extensive tour of the Botanic Park where the natural history and traditional uses of dozens of native and introduced plant species were explained.
‘Walking through the Woodland Preserve you immediately become aware of the rich diversity and importance of so many species to Cayman’s cultural identity, traditional arts and crafts,’ the Governor commented. ‘Preserving these environments provides an essential link to protecting Cayman’s heritage for present and future generations.’