July 3, 2019

Wild Things: Grand Cayman’s Native Species will Surprise You with Their Colour and Charisma

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a must-visit for anyone hoping to meet some of Grand Cayman’s native species — starting with the iconic blue iguana. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands runs the Blue Iguana Recovery Program (BIRP) located at the park. Whilst visiting the facility you will meet laid-back blues of all ages, munching away on snacks or napping in the sun. You may even meet the world-famous Pete, who met His Royal Highness Prince Charles in March this year. Tours of BIRP take place Monday through Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m.; reservations are not required.

The National Trust also offers interpretive tours of the Mastic Trail, Grand Cayman’s best-known hike through the Island’s oldest forest. Interpretive tours of the Mastic Trail can be booked through the Trust. Reservations are required.

Stuart Mailer, environmental programmes manager, explains, “We usually see Cuban tree frogs, harmless racer snakes, endemic blue-throated anoles and geckos (locally known as “wood slaves”); but by far the most abundant and active animals are the birds.”

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