The species lives only on Grand Cayman, and the recovery program is run by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
By 2002, there were fewer than 20 blue iguanas left in the wild!
A relatively new conservation challenge for the blue iguana is the green iguana.
It’s believed that the green iguana was introduced onto Grand Cayman during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Says Maurer: “Just being part of such a successful program, I feel honored.” * Stacy Whitaker is a Milwaukee zookeeper who has volunteered with the Blue Iguana Recovery Program since 2006 and assisted with the Little Cayman rock iguana project in 2012.