Friday, May 30, 2008

Better News

My sister pointed me toward this good news from The Blue Iguana Recovery Program":
New Team Blue volunteers Gloria Bettencourt and Stephanie Marshall, a mother-daughter team, joined us last Friday, and are happily at work in the captive facility. They join Peter Alexander, and the array of local volunteers who are helping as we deal with the early nesting season. The incubators are humming away with sixty-five eggs today, and John Marotta reports Red-Pale Blue nested last night.

A second wave of nesting may be on the way, since the rainy season has now broken and the soil in the Park is becoming nice and moist, perfect for iguana eggs!

The other good news this week is on Billy and Archie. Both were severely injured in the attack on 3rd. May, and have been under treatment first by Dr. Stephanie James from the Wildlife Conservation Society, then by Dr. Elisabeth Broussard from Island Veterinary Services. Elisabeth delivered the final treatments on Monday, by which stage Billy had already demolished the net we had been using to restrain him for treatment! There’s no mistaking Billy’s return to top form, and happily Archie is almost back to normal too. A huge thanks to both vets for a job so very well done!
[Source: Program Director Fred Burton's Notes; May 28, 2008]

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Seventh Blue Iguana Dies of Weekend's Injuries

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Additional Blue Iguana Found Injured

Additional Blue Iguana Found Injured
Not a new attack - still assessing the casualties from the weekend.

Here are a couple of old stories, but we could use a ray of light:
Mystery Blue Iguana Found - a couple of weeks ago
And Another! - back in March

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

6 Blue Iguanas Killed (Updated 09:45EST)

6 Blue Iguanas Killed:
press release

The detailed Caymanian Compass article is not yet on-line; I'll post a link when it is. That article states: "The nine animals [6 dead and three injured] represent one third of the adult breeding iguanas cared for at the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme captive facility"

A big loss.

[Update: Caymanian Compass article]