Botanic Park gets picture of blue iguana and Prince Charles

Botanic Park General Manager John Lawrus, right, and Mona Lisa Meade of the Tourism Attraction Board, which oversees the Botanic Park, receive the framed photograph from Pinnacle Media Publisher Kathleen Capetta, centre. – Photo: Stephen Clarke

A framed picture of Prince Charles, 70, carefully stroking a rare blue iguana has been presented to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park by Pinnacle Media.

The Prince of Wales visited the park on 28 March during a two-day visit with the Duchess of Cornwall to the Cayman Islands. The visit included a tour of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme’s captive breeding facility, run by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands.

The Prince petted 15-year-old ‘Peter’ after he was assured the reptile was safe.

Pinnacle Media Publisher Kathleen Capetta presented a large colour copy of the original photograph taken by Compass photographer Alvaro Serey to the park’s General Manager John Lawrus.

Capetta said it was given to commemorate a historic moment for the park and for the country.

“We are honoured to receive such a beautiful picture from the Cayman Compass to commemorate a very special day in the history of the Botanic Park,” Lawrus said.

“We want to take this opportunity to highlight our long-standing partnership with the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme and the National Trust of the Cayman Islands. We hope this image stimulates conversation around the important work that both the Botanic Park and the National Trust are doing in the areas of conservation,” he said.

Lawrus said in 1996, the first captive-bred two- and three-year-old blue iguanas were released on the woodland trail and lakeside of the Botanic Park.

As a result of the success of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, visitors to the Botanic Park can now enjoy seeing free-roaming blue iguanas throughout the grounds. They can also take a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the captive breeding facility.

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