Six Endangered Blue Iguanas Murdered

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  1. Shannon

    Shannon Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh 'Good Times' 'Good Times' :lol:

    We'll definitely have to catch up! I'm sick at the moment - hoping it's not Glandular Fever (again) so off to the doctor today!

     
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    Are you going to arrange the date you guys meet up in the thread as well? Maybe have the rest of your conversation here.
     
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    UPDATE

    New Team Blue volunteer Peter Alexander arrived on Saturday, and found himself launched straight into a long weekend of nest excavations in the QE II Botanic Park. Local volunteers swelled the ranks, so we had a small army of determined diggers, and over the last three days have boosted the egg count in the incubators to 54. Even the 100 person-hour marathon dig for Deborah's eggs wasn't enough to put them off - hats off to Kirstyn Werner, Alaister Key, Sarah Agnolin, Mike Naugle, Rachel Hamilton, Talisa Hughes and Theo Morgan - not to mention IRCF's John Binns who headed home today after a week helping us out and photodocumenting the work in progress.

    Meanwhile Yellow-Blue and Triple Orange have also nested, so the digging will continue today...

    - Fred Burton | May 20, 2008
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    CAN YOU HELP WITH COLLECTION JARS?

    Yesterday was all about collection jars!

    The Hurleys Group very kindly donated 47 three gallon water jugs which Sarah Agnolin (of the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz) and I loaded into the truck and gingerly drove to the AOTE headquarters, terrified that at any point we'd go a little too fast or that a gust of wind would blow our valuable cargo all over the road. Neverthless we made it safely and the cleaning and labelling began. Helped by Crystal Karjohn also of the AOTE and Carol Phelps who is a local friend, we got them put together very quickly.

    If anyone locally would like one of our smart jars they are available for collection from the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz or the CITA headquarters on Lawrence Boulevard above Baskin Robbins.

    If anyone overseas would like to set up a collection jar, I can forward you the banner via email just contact sam@blueiguana.ky.

    Our sincerest thanks go once again to everyone involved.

    - Samantha Hicks | May 21, 2008
     
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    Shannon Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the Woma auction - currently at $600 I believe - keep the bids coming!

     
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    they might have had a reson...

    shannon, is there any zoos/nature parks that charge in that area?
    if so, have they lost alot of customers because of these butiful animals?
     
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    Willa6, There's only a small touristy marine park on the island so it's unlikely. Several high/drunk teenagers were turned away from the Botanical Gardens (where the recovery program is) earlier in the day so that's a high probability.
     
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    Retic Almost Legendary

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    I have been lost for words really and that is quite something for me. Iguanas are my favourite lizard and I find it completely incomprehensible that someone could do something like this but practically nothing shocks me about human behaviour nowadays.
    Shannon, you deserve huge congratulations for everything you have done and still doing. I may have to get some info on the volunteering from you, is it an ongoing things ?
     
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    Check out this website to find all the info you need about volunteering at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program on Grand Cayman Island (Caribbean). Trust me - it's an experience of a lifetime, I'll never forget it and will definitely go back!

     
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    very very sad,some people are just really sick in the head
     
  10. Shannon

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    reptilegirl_jordan was kind enough to message me about a wonderful idea she had to spread the word and help the
    Blue Iguana Recovery Program - a banner link for people to post on their Myspace and Facebook pages - Great idea!

    OK - he's the code, simply copy and paste into your profile where you want it displayed -

    <a href="http://www.ircf.org/news_bluesmurdered.php=">
    <img src="http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i134/bravo88889/Reward.jpg"></a>


    And it will look line the image below but also be a clickable link to this website -
    http://www.ircf.org/news_bluesmurdered.php which contains info about the Blue Iguanas and how to donate!

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    whoever did it should be tortured!
     
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    Damn straight! Im well aware there are sick twisted ppl like that are in the world, but its aweful when something so tragic happens. I hope they get the book thrown at them!
     
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    Woma donation

    Hi All,
    The auction for the donated woma has successfully finished, with the winning bidder paying $770. This money has been received and $770 US dollars ($841 Australian dollars) has been donated to the Blue Iguana Recovery Program (through the International Reptile Conservation Fund, see receipt below). Congratulations to the winning bidder and thanks to all those who bid so generously. The little woma will be going to its new home next week.
    Regards,
    Matt

    Receipt from INT'L REPTILE CONSV FND

    Company: INT'L REPTILE CONSV FND
    Reference Number: 172.30.184.55-11A7F4263F8-97617-E5394C

    Subtotal: $770.00
    Tax: $0.00
    Shipping: $0.00
    Total: $770.00

    INT'L REPTILE CONSV FND
     
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    Well done Matt. What a devastaing story about the Iguanas but well done for your effort.
    Kane
     
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    Fantastic Matt,

    I'm thrilled at the result and have no doubt the Blue Iguana Recovery Program will really appreciate this very generous donation!!
     
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    Well done!

    If we could only generate this much interest in our own countries reptile conservation issues before we send our money overseas, our own reptiles and amphibians might be much better off too!
     
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    Is there any new info on how the Iguanas are going?
    Shannon, do you know if they caught the culprits?
    Hope all is going well, and that the remaining Iguanas have recovered (and) are doing fine.
    Please keep us posted!!!:)
     
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    i like what they do in africa the animal protection there is on the right track for example. if you get caught hunting without a licence or with endangered animal parts they shoot u on site no trial no arrest just oh look a poacher bang same thing should happen the world over frell goal time just kill em
     
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    This is so terrible, beautiful creatures
     
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    UPDATES FROM B.I.R.P.

    My contacts have told me that no arrests have been made. Sadly, it seems as though local authorizes are now sweeping it under the rug - shameful but not surprising!

    However, the Blue Iguana Recovery Program goes from strength to strength with plenty of hatchlings arriving - including TWINS!
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    John Marotta, Warden | August 11, 2008

    81 newly hatched blue iguanas have made their way to our facility. This number doubles our "head-start" animal population plus three to 159. In the next week we will have A LOT of mouths to feed. The babies are born with some nutrients from the egg yolk to sustain them for a few weeks after they hatch, but that time will pass quickly. And we are still waiting on about 40 more eggs to hatch in the next two-three weeks. Team Blue (Summer Addition) was a huge help at the facility this past month, preparing for the new arrivals, and doing various, much needed maintenance on some cages and pens.

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    Samantha Hicks | August 05, 2008

    Maths is not one of my strong subjects however even I was pretty sure something was amiss this afternoon when I opened up the plastic box containing BBB’s eggs 6-8 and four iguanas popped out. At second glance it was possible to see that one of them was much, much smaller than the others and cute as a button. We have hatched twins!

    This is our second pair of twins hatched in captivity. Our last two emerged memorably during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
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    John Marotta, Warden | July 20, 2008

    With the year moving quickly from breeding and egg laying season to hatching season the captive breeding facility is prepared for the introduction of well over 100 new mouths to feed. Over the past two weeks we have assembled 96 head start cages and furnished them with local cliff rock and driftwood. They are sitting ready to accept their new occupants. These cages will take the overflow of new animals from the existing cages in the head start area. Also, we finally have the solar powered rain water retention system finished and with all the rain from Invest 94 falling on us the tanks should be well on their way to filling up. Recently we moved Blue Iguanas Harvey (formerly Crooked Tail) and The Roman (formerly Round-up) into two of the open air pens. This is the first time in a few years that either animal has been out of their large fully enclosed cages. With great curiosity and amazement, each animal was a little overwhelmed at the unobstructed open blue sky and natural vegetation that surrounded them. But being wild animals it took them little time to accept the new views and both are doing very well lazing around the pens and perching on the high rocks looking at their new neighbors. The B.I.R.P. has started the new tour schedule. Tours of the breeding facility and a guided walk around the park grounds is offered to the public Monday thru Saturday at 11:00am. The fee is CI$24 for adults. The tickets are available at the QEII Botanic Park’s main gate. It’s an informative, behind the scenes tour of our programme and it lets visitors witness what we are trying to accomplish. From gathering eggs all the way to the releasing of these animals into their natural habitat, guests can see how the programme operates and accompany the warden on a safari type walkabout of the botanic park.

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    Fred Burton, Director | July 18, 2008

    FIRST HATCH FOR 2008 --- after days of anticipation, the first egg of 2008 is hatching! It's one of Deborah's two viable eggs this year, sired by Billy. Although we are almost sure Billy and Deborah bred in 2006, this is the first 100% confirmed offspring by Billy, bringing him formally into the ranks of our Founders - the wild origin Blues whose genes are so vital to restoring a viable population in the wild once more.

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    You can still help - donations are not only welcome but needed! Or why not visit the B.I.R.P. website to find out more about the volunteer program. Don't forget to visit the IRCF website who process donations for B.I.R.P. as well as many other international reptile conservation programs!


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