January 25, 2021

Cayman: Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Blue Iguana Conservation Facility and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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These lizards are critically endangered; in 2003 fewer than 15 animals remained in the wild. However, thanks to the efforts of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, every year around 100 young iguanas are released back into the wild. I photographed this free-roaming adult male in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

2nd December 2020 –The National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) and The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park (QEIIBP) have come together to offer a special promotion that benefits both the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the NTCI’s Blue Iguana Conservation (BIC) programme. Although separate organizations, we recognize the need to support one another and this joint package allows the opportunity for “The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and National Trust for the Cayman Islands continue to share the same goals, the conservation of native species and the environment through awareness and education,” says John Lawrus, General Manager at QEIIBP.

pond by gazebo

Individuals and families are encouraged to take advantage of this special promotion during 3rd December 2020 – 1st January 2021. Explore both the Botanic Park and Blue Iguana Conservation facility for $10 per person from Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm. Proceeds from this joint ticket supports both the Botanic Park and Blue Iguana Conservation.

This special promotion offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. For a minimal fee of $10 for both kids and adults, visitors have exclusive access to both the Botanic Park and BIC Facility for a self-guided tour. Enjoy the best of nature walking through the lush gardens at the Botanic Park which offers the wonderful experience of immersing yourself in nature and seeing stunning native flora and fauna.

In addition, enjoy a guaranteed up close and personal experience with the blues on a self-guided tour at the BIC facility with excellent photo opportunities. Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to see the new renovations at the BIC Facility. With special highlights such as Peter the most iconic blue iguana and Opy the largest blue iguana at the facility who is 8.5kg.

“As a separate organization from the Botanic Park who relies on income generated from guided tours to continue our vital conservation work the recent COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on our income. We hope that this new joint package will provide people the opportunity to visit BIC regularly and allow much needed funds to be generated to continue our conservation efforts of this endangered species,” says Luke Harding, Operations Manager, BIC.

Guided tours are also available at both facilities and can be purchased inside the Park’s Visitor Centre. Anyone wanting more information or to book a guided tour at either facility is asked to contact the Botanic Park at 947-9462 or email i[email protected].

If you are interested in a guided tour for a more in depth look at the blue iguanas please contact
[email protected]

About the National Trust for the Cayman Islands

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is a non-governmental organization whose mandate under the National Trust Law (2010 Revision) includes the preservation of the historic, natural and maritime heritage of the Cayman Islands for present and future generations.

About the Blue Iguana Conservation Programme
The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme began in 1990 with only 30 dedicated Blue Iguanas and the primary goal to restore the wild population to 1,000 Blue Iguanas, encouraging viable population in the long-term. Having met its primary goal in 2018, the initiative formally transitioned to the Blue Iguana Conservation Programme in 2019 with a new focus of sustainably conserving the native species of Grand Cayman.

About the National Trust’s Environmental Programme

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ environmental programme was founded on the concept that the protection of native plants and animals is best achieved by protecting the natural areas in which they depend.

About the National Trust Conservation Programme

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ conservation programme strives to protect Cayman’s native species and the habitats in which they live, and includes the endemic Blue Iguana of Grand Cayman, the Sister Islands Rock Iguana and Cayman’s native bat species.

About the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which spans over 65 acres, is situated on Frank Sound Road. An immense nature preserve, the Park displays a vast diversity of endemic tropical plants, herbs, flowers, wetlands and wildlife. Additional attractions include: an authentic 20th century Cayman home complete with a medicinal garden; lake-front gazebo, Blue Iguana habitat, lake and wetlands, woodland trail, 5 themed gardens and visitor’s centre. The Park is open daily (closed Christmas day and Good Friday) from 9am – 4:30pm. Regular admission to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is CI$5.00 for adults, free for children under six and seniors 65+. Call 947-9462 for more information on opening hours, admission fees or to book a guided tour.

Holiday hours at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park are as follows:

Christmas Eve, 9:00 am to Noon

CLOSED Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve, 9:00 am to Noon

New Year’s Day – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

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