Blue Iguana by TL Wilson Photography
Taken at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Grand Cayman where they are working to protect and return to the wild these intriguing creatures.
The Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is Grand Cayman's largest native land animal. It's a giant, dragon-like blue lizard which grows to over 5 feet long, over 25 lbs weight, and can live as long as humans!
Originally a denizen of Grand Cayman's coastal areas and interior dry shrublands, this magnificent reptile was driven to the brink of extinction, with only about a dozen surviving from the original wild population, by 2002.
The main causes of this catastrophic decline range through habitat destruction and road kills, to the deaths caused by free-roaming dogs, and feral cats.
Although these human-caused pressures have led to the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana being the most endangered iguana on earth, the The Blue Iguana Recovery Programme believes that the species can be saved.
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