WP1.3: Case Study Cayman

The Cayman Islands are home to unique endemic flora and fauna including the iconic Grand Cayman blue iguana Cyclura lewisi. This species is known for its brilliant blue hue and for its special story of recovery. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are home to the endemic Rock Iguana Cyclura nubila caymanensis. Rats, feral cats and off-leash dogs negatively impact the endemic species on the three islands. Through this WP the project asks: What is the role of colonialism in shaping conservation needs and local views on the endemic blue iguana on the Cayman Islands?

It is revealing the hidden histories of Cayman Islands Invasive and Non-Native Species (INNS). The perceptions of Caymanians to INNS and their understanding of the role these species have on the Cayman Islands today is being explored. The associations between species occurrence and extinctions and spread of disease are being documented and suggested mechanisms for reducing future negative impacts are being explored. This Case Study is delivering a public engagement campaign to build awareness in Caymanian communities and provide resources on how residents can help protect the islands’ rare endemics. A citizen science mobile application has been developed and launched that allows the public to document sightings of iguanas. They will be able to engage in and provide crucial data for the iguana conservation programmes.

Project Outputs

Education Materials

Part of Blue Vervain to Blue Iguana project involved the design and publication of materials which highlights native and invasive species in the Cayman Islands, particularly for young children.

These were published in December 2022.  

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