Iguana Eco Corner Sanctuary protecting island iguanas
Located on the lagoon sideof the heart of San Pedro Town, the Iguana Eco Corner has been fostering and protecting these endangered reptiles for the past decade. The mangrove area is home to more than 200 hundred green and Black Spiny-Tailed iguanas.
Founder of Iguana Eco Corner Calvin Young shared with The San Pedro Sun that he started with two iguanas, and now there are over 200 hundred in the area. “Ten years ago, I saw two iguanas that were in the mangrove area here beside my house. I decided to take care of them and protect them from poachers, the years, more and more started to come and live here since they felt safe. Now we have over 200 hundred iguanas living at the sanctuary,” he said. Young recently registered the sanctuary as a business and is currently working on a tour of the mangroves. “We are currently remodeling and adding new things as to accommodate both island residents and visitors for tours.” He plans to start offering tours in January of 2020; however, currently, anyone who wants to see the iguanas is welcomed.
Young further stated that the reason he decided to protect the iguanas is, he wants to teach his sons to be compassionate, to love and protect the environment and animals. “As a single father of two boys I always try my best to teach my sons to be good persons. So, when I saw the iguanas around my area, I decided to start protecting them,” he said. In addition, the sanctuary is a haven for spotting beautiful birds and even a few crocodiles come by sometimes.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
==============A Visit to Our Island’s Green Iguana Sanctuary
An Easy Way To See Some BIG Green Iguanas right in San Pedro Town and…A House Straight out of Swiss Family Robinson!
Here on Ambergris Caye, people see the green iguanas sunning in the mangroves when they are on a boat stopping at the gas station at the back side of town. It’s a frequent tour stop in the San Pedro lagoon.
But now you can drive up in a golf cart or bike or even on foot. Head north on Back Street – until you get to the stop sign. (Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office will be on your right.) Go straight, thru the stop sign – the road is now a dirt road. Just around the bend and…
Look for this gate…
There were piles of fruit and even habaneros. Crazy to imagine…but iguanas LOVE hot peppers.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Scoop