The IIF is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a grant from the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund for $8,100 for expansion of in situ captive breeding for the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana. These funds are earmarked for materials needed to construct larger breeding enclosures at the National Trust’s iguana management facility, located in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. This grant brings the total to $18,100 (potentially $23,100) that has been raised through the IIF in support of the Grand Cayman Iguana Species Recovery Plan drafted in November 2001. A third grant, seeking $21,200, was also submitted to the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) for the proposal, “Flagship Species Campaign to Save the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana”, written by Allison Alberts, Rick Hudson, and Fred Burton. These funding awards illustrate the momentum that a well-written and ratified Species Recovery Plan can exert toward the mobilization of resources from a diverse array of funding agencies and sectors.
Additionally, a $2,400 grant was awarded to the Iguana Specialist Group by the Chicago Zoological Society’s Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund to support radio-tracking projects on four species of West Indiana Iguanas. These funds are designated to purchase radio-transmitters for the programs on Grand Cayman, Mona Island (Puerto Rico), Andros Island (The Bahamas), and Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. This grant will be matched by the IIF to provide a total of $4,800 divided among these projects.