Appleby has named and adopted a baby blue Iguana from the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in support of the Blue Iguana Recovery programme.
The baby Iguana’s father was Digger, sadly, one of the recently deceased Blue Iguana’s from the Botanic Park.
The baby Iguana will be named Arti after Appleby’s involvement with the Blue Dragon Project where it sponsored a 17-foot-long fibreglass Blue Iguana, also named ‘Arti’. This sculpture, painted by artist Hermes Solomon Hydes, resides near the George Town Post Office and is part of the National Gallery’s and National Trust’s programme that is aimed at raising awareness of this endangered species.
The money to adopt and name Arti came from one of Appleby’s dress down days where employees raised the funds to support the programme.
Arti is less than a year old and was born on 12 September, 2007, to Digger and Elle Wood at the captive breeding centre in the Botanic Park. From his mother he carries a very important founder gene that represents his grandfather Warren, who is sadly no longer alive.
‘The death of the Blue Iguanas at the Park affected everyone on these Islands, including my son who previously sponsored one the Iguanas from the Park,’ said Stephen James, partner. ‘We must do all that we can to support this indigenous species and I am thrilled that the employees at Appleby decided to give their support to these unique animals.’
Huw Moses, managing partner stated, ‘We are pleased to be able to support the Blue Iguana Recovery Fund and are glad that the money raised from the dress down day is going to such a worthy cause.”