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Blue Iguana Recovery Program Safari Tour
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in East End
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Owner description: Behind the scene tours of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme's captive breeding facility and a guided tour of the woodland trail. Monday to Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park's main gate.
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We had a personal tour of this breeding center by very friendly staff. We could handle and feed both the breeding and juvenile iguanas. Worth a visit to see the native animals of Grand Cayman and it is a change to the coast and beach

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

I loved this tour and learned so much about the plight of the blue iguana. I am so impressed with the results of this breeding program and the integrity of the scientists designing and carrying out this work. They have so many challenges and yet look to the future of the program and how to best serve the interdependent web of life and the blue's place in it.

1  Thank Karen J
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

The tour is at 11 am only and on sunny days. They have implemented a breeding program as the blue iguana was nearly extinct. With this they are making a comeback. We did walk around the botanical gardens afterwards as well, and three blues have escaped their enclosures and roam freely around the park, we were lucky enough to see one as well which was nice to see

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

The Iguana Tour was the highlight of our trip to Grand Cayman. (Note,!! Blue iguanas change color with the temp and cloud cover, so do NOT get upset if they are not blue for you! They might be black or brown...) You will hear some fascinating info about the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme from a man who has true deep knowledge and passion for the species. Warden Alberto Estevanovich is a treasure and a joy to learn from. He truly loves these iguanas! You will see iguanas of many sizes, learn about how they breed and raise them and release them into the wild, and watch Alberto expertly handle them. What a treat for science and nature lovers! (But go buy a postcard if you just want to see a pretty blue iguana. )

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We were absolutely privileged to meet Alberto, warden of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. He tried his best to persuade us not to take his (additional $20) tour today, “because the iguanas weren’t very blue” due to the wet, cool weather, and he had been stung with a negative review- despite his similar advice to this individual. Nevertheless, we persisted, and he proceeded to show us around the captive breeding facility and explain the details of the project. He clearly is in love with these remarkable, endangered creatures and treats them all like his own children (they are all addressed as “my boogaloo”!) Alberto is 74 years young and giggles like a kid while working with his animals. He has helped the population recover from only a handful of animals to the point where they are now being reintroduced into the wilds of a preserve on the East end. It was inspiring, and definitely the highlight of our visit to the island.

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