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Green Iguana Conservation Project

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Green Iguana Conservation Project

Green Iguana Conservation Project

There are few animals more iconic to the Caribbean than the lazy green iguana.  Equal parts fearsome, fascinating, and cute, the iguana is a camouflaged symbol for wilderness, wildlife, and beauty. Unfortunately, development, hunting, and loss of habitat have caused the number of green iguanas to slowly and steadily decline. In an effort to raise the public’s awareness about the reptile’s importance, the Green Iguana Conservation Project was started at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel back in 1996.  Today, in addition to reintroducing green iguanas back into their natural habitat, the program helps to educate youth about the effects of hunting and poaching. For visitors staying in San Ignacio, a guided tour of the project’s grounds allows you to hold an adult iguana and feel its reptilian scales—and even allows multiple baby iguanas to crawl on your shoulders and head. This is definitely a “hands-on” wildlife experience that makes for exceptional photos, and one of the most entertaining activities in far western Belize. 

Practical Info

The Green Iguana Conservation Project is located at San Ignacio Resort Hotel about two hours west of Belize City. Admission for the tour is approximately $6 for adults, $3 for children, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes for walking and clothes you’re willing to get dirty. Also, while iguanas have no interest in hurting humans, it’s important to listen to the safety advice of the guide and program staff.