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In the heart of San Pedro Town, an Iguana sanctuary is blossoming. With over 200 of itís kind, the Green Iguana, an endangered reptile species in Belize, have found a haven amongst the mangroves in the western part of the town. Mr. Calvin has been kind and caring for these beautiful creatures and has registered the area to be a reserve called The Iguana Eco Corner.

He has created a trail in between the Mangroves where you can see the Iguanas resting in the trees. You can see different types of birds and if you get lucky, maybe even the two resident crocs that live in the area. There is even an osprey nest in which BEL kindly provided the pole and lumber to recreate a nest box after they brought down the tower that the Ospreys used for nesting. Mr. Calvin has been cleaning and maintaining the area day by day but people still keep polluting.

You can visit these majestic animals and if you are willing to donate food for the Iguanas, or lend a hand in cleaning, that would be highly appreciated. It would be great if different organizations can get together and have a clean up campaign to make the area clean and beautiful for tourists and locals to visit and enjoy. The sanctuary is located by the lagoon side, north of the gas station, in San Pedro Town, on Ambergris Caye. Please share!!

Photos and text by Marlena Gomez

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