Essential work: Caring for Cayman’s blue iguanas (AUDIO)

As residents of Grand Cayman shelter indoors, the island’s blue iguana population is enjoying some peace and quiet – a possible benefit for breeding season.

To ensure the health of this endangered, endemic species, however, some human interaction is necessary.

Blue Iguana Conservation Programme staff were granted exemptions early on in the lockdown to allow daily check-ups of the animals and the breeding facility.

Operations manager Luke Harding shared an update on breeding season, conservation efforts and the recovery of one iguana from a car accident. To listen to the full conversation with Harding, including insight on blue iguana parenting skills and their apparent taste for chicken, check out our podcast, embedded below.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now