Bird food raises money for blue iguanas

Curator of terrestrial exhibits and education programs of the Cayman Turtle Farm, Geddes Hislop, hands over the check to Danielle Watler, marketing manager at the Cayman Islands National Trust.
Curator of terrestrial exhibits and education programs of the Cayman Turtle Farm, Geddes Hislop, hands over the check to Danielle Watler, marketing manager at the Cayman Islands National Trust.

Visitors who hand fed birds at the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm have helped raise $1,324 for the Cayman Blue Iguana Recovery Program.

This the second donation made to the recovery program by the Turtle Farm since proposing its fundraising initiative in late 2014.

Quarterly, the Turtle Farm’s Caribbean Aviary has dedicated raising proceeds for conservation-based organizations.

In the last calendar-quarter of 2015 (October-December), the Caribbean Aviary acquired $1,324 through selling bird food to visitors wanting to partake in bird feedings by hand.

“Visitors to the CTF’s Caribbean Aviary exhibit make a $1 donation to enjoy a hand-feeding interaction with various birds housed at the aviary,” said the Turtle Farm’s curator of terrestrial exhibits and education programs, Geddes Hislop.

“A notice board with flyers and posters as well as conversations with the aviary staff educates guests about the target conservation project and encourages them to contribute by enjoying the handfeeding experience,” he said.

“The recovery of the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana species has become a world-renowned success story that international conservation groups have studied and attempted to emulate,” said Danielle Watler, marketing manager at the National Trust, as she accepted the donation on behalf of the recovery program.

“However, with each success have come matching challenges to surmount,” she added. “The generous donation received by the Cayman Turtle Farm allows the Blue Iguana Recovery Program team to carry out the important work we do at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park that allows the population to remain steady.”

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