The Green Iguana Conservation Project | San Ignacio Resort Hotel | San Ignacio, Belize

We toured the Green Iguana Conservation Project yesterday to check out the grounds of the San Ignacio Resort and take pics & learn about the conservation efforts in Belize.  This is a great project aimed at informing the public, mainly locals, on the dangers of poaching iguanas in the wild.  Our tour guide, Umberto (Bert), was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions we had.

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Female Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Mrs. Brightside

The Green Iguana Conservation Project was created in 1996 by Mrs. Mariam Roberson and Daniel Velasquez. Due to the decreasing survival rate of Green Iguanas in Belize caused by overhunting, Mrs. Roberson and Mr. Velasquez decided to embark in a program that would protect the species and educate individuals about these amazing reptiles.

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Male Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Male Green Iguana

This effort, in collaboration with Belizean primary and secondary schools, Galen University, and foreign affiliates, commenced the initiative to foster and protect the Green Iguana species in Belize. The Project is entirely self-sustained and relies on contributions and donations of interested patrons and visitors. The program offers a great field of research and education to the people of Belize and around the world by allowing individuals to interact with the Green Iguanas.

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Male Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Male Green Iguana

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Female Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Female Green Iguana Close-up

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Female Baby Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Natasha with 7 Babies

The Green Iguana Conservation Project follows a continuous, cyclical course of rearing the Iguanas from the egg to juvenile stage. It later sets them free by releasing them into their natural habitat. Much of the program’s success relies on the Green Iguana Adoption Program; this program allows guests adopt an Iguana prior their release and contribute to the survival of these wonderful species.

 

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Baby Female Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Baby Female Green Iguana

During the past 17 years, the Green Iguana Conservation Project has become one of the most endearing adventures in San Ignacio. The Project, located on-site, has been ranked as the Number 1 Activity in San Ignacio.

-from www.sanignaciobelize.com

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Female Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Just Hanging Around

 

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Male Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Male Green Iguana

Want to find an iguana in the wild while exploring a wonderful waterfall deep in the Belizean jungle? Then view my post Butterfly Falls | Mountain Pine Ridge Forest | Cayo District, Belize.

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Black Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Black Iguana or Spike-Tailed Iguana

For more on travel photography, go to my post Travel Photography Tips and Planning.

San Ignacio Hotel | Green Iguana Conservation Project | Female Green Iguana | image captured by Jason Humbracht

Feeding the Girls

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2 Comments

  1. lauracooperphotoblog January 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    I am not a reptile fan, but those are some incredible animals! Amazing colors and patterns.

    • jhumbracht January 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks Laura. They DO have some awesome colors!

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