In particular, the greens can be found on swimming pool patios and decks, where they leave large deposits of poop.The greens are prolific, they’re a nuisance and they create confusion because the casual observer cannot differentiate between the blue and green iguana, says Maurer.The few wild blue iguanas found in human habitat risk being hunted and killed.The head-start blue iguanas, however, are released into two difficult-to-access reserves on Grand Cayman that have very harsh habitat unfriendly to humans.For a week in June 2012, Maurer volunteered with the Blue Iguana Recovery Program on Grand Cayman Island, the largest of three Caribbean islands that are a British Overseas Territory.Maurer is a veterinary technician at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The 82 young iguanas had been hand-raised at the park to about age 2.A relatively new conservation challenge for the blue iguana is the green iguana.
Burton, the director of the island’s wildlife reserves and author of “The Little Blue Book: A Short History of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana” (2010, International Reptile Conservation Foundation).
It’s the size of a mature, 7-year-old, female blue iguana. She uses this prop when she speaks to Zoological Society of Milwaukee classes at the Milwaukee (Wis.) County Zoo or to kids at Milwaukee-area libraries.
She hand-painted the color and the eyes onto the cloth. It looks a lot like the ones she helped protect in the Caribbean since 2009.
“I learn firsthand what it takes to run a successful recovery project for an endangered species.” In the mornings on Grand Cayman, Maurer would participate in the project by assisting with iguana health exams.
A typical physical exam would identify each animal, obtain blood and fecal samples, collect weights and measurements, determine gender, and check the animal’s condition, including the eyes, mouth and appendages.