A Blue Iguana Pictured On A Magnet Representing Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman
A lovely blue iguana is pictured on an acrylic fridge magnet representing Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman, from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts. This lizard is found only in Grand Cayman and is an endangered species; in 2003 there estimated to be less than fifteen living in the wild. The decline in numbers was mostly due to changes in land use and hunting by domesticated species of dogs and cats turned feral. The Blue Iguana has been in existence in Grand Cayman since pre colonisation by Europeans. It is actually a shade of tan or grey, taking on a more bluish tint during the breeding season; eggs are laid during June or July in sand. Following extensive conservation efforts, involving the breeding in captivity and release into a protected environment of the lizards, there are now more Blue Iguanas in Grand Cayman, so hopefully the picture on our fridge magnet will not become a thing of the past.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Grand Cayman
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II after whom it is named. The park is a popular tourist attraction which pays homage to the heritage and nature of Grand Cayman. The Heritage Garden reflects the Grand Cayman of the early twentieth century including a restoration of a family home. The small, basic, structure was once home to a family of eleven and the restoration contains some of the original interior items. The Floral Garden is two and a half acres of tropical flora including Crepe Hibiscus and Aechmea 'Victoria.' Neighbouring the Floral Garden is a two acre lake which is home to a large variety of bird species such as Green Herons, Blue-winged Teal, and West Indian Whistling Ducks. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is also home to the Blue Iguana captive breeding programme with a viewing area so that visitors can see some of the male lizards, such as the one pictured on our acrylic fridge magnet.