TCNT welcomed students from schools from North and Middle Caicos to Little Water Cay (Iguana Island) for a day of fun, and educational activities. These students ranging from age 8-18 engaged in activities purposed at teaching them about our endemic ‘Rock Iguana’ as part of our ongoing Darwin+ funded ‘Saving the Iguana Islands of the Turks and Caicos’ project. These students, teachers and volunteers were toured around the Iguana sanctuary by our highly trained wardens who informed them about bio-security works ongoing on Iguana Island, their role in monitoring baiting stations and recording data. They also learned about the iguanas’ habitat, got to visit the boroughs, iguana etiquette, and other animal life that call Iguana Island their home. They also learned about the measures being taken by scientists from around the world to monitor the health, population numbers, movements and how to protect our iguanas.
The project focused on students from North and Middle Caicos who were surveyed last year to gauge their knowledge of our endangered Rock Iguanas. These students serve as ambassadors for public awareness campaign and will take part in ongoing surveys and activities.