Lesser Antillean iguana in spotlight on April 28

A Lesser Antillean iguana in a palm tree. (Stenapa photo)


ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation Stenapa will put the native Lesser Antillean Iguana in the spotlight during Iguana Day on April 28, 10:00am-3:30pm. Iguana Day is a regional Caribbean initiative in collaboration with nature organisations in Anguilla and St. Barths, said Stenapa Director Clarisse Buma. Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam will also take part in the event.

The Lesser Antillean iguana is endangered and can only be found in Statia, Anguilla, St. Barths, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The day takes place in and around the Stenapa office in Lower Town and will be packed with activities such as presentations. The event will start at 10:00am with an info booth, a kid’s corner with drawing and painting, and demonstrations of how to measure and tag iguanas.

At 10:15am and at 1:00pm, Iguana presentations will take placed, followed by iguana patrols in the field at 10:45am and 2:00 pm.

At 12:30pm, Stenapa will announce the winner of the school drawing competition. Buma said that children can submit their iguana drawing to their school or bring it to the Stenapa office up to Thursday, April 26. In the afternoon, Stenapa will reveal traffic signs to warn for crossing iguanas.

In the build-up to the event, an island-wide game called “Find the invasive iguana” will take place. Stenapa will hide an invasive iguana with black bands on the tail and it is up to the community to find it. Hints about the location will be given on the Stenapa Facebook page, Buma explained.

Persons interested in signing up ahead of time to take part in an iguana patrol are asked to come to the office. When the patrols are fully booked, Stenapa will organize more patrols in the days after the event. The maximum group size for the iguana patrol is eight persons.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/75803-lesser-antillean-iguana-in-spotlight-on-april-28