The Iguana Station, Utila, Honduras

downloadThe Iguana Station, a short walk away from Utila Town’s main road, plays a crucial role in the conservation of the endemic island’s iguana species Ctenosaura bakeri, called ‘Swamper’ or ‘Wishiwilli’.

Worldwide the Swamper inhabiting only the mangrove swamps of Utila, an area less than 10 square kilometers. This fascinating animal is endangered, threatened by unsustainable development of the mangroves and beaches, to where the females go to lay their eggs, by over-hunting as well as by increasing pollution.

The Iguana Station’s efforts are focused upon understanding the natural history of the Swamper with different scientific research. A breeding program supports the population in the mangroves, more than 750 hatchlings were already breaded and released. We also have an environmental education program in the schools of Utila and support a sustainable development and tourism. Much of our work here in Utila is undertaken by volunteers from all over the world who have joined our Volunteers Program.

Visitors to the station are given a full tour explaining the habits of this endangered species, as well as getting an overview of general Utilian wildlife. You will have opportunity to see the Swamper in different ages as well as the Highlander Iguana and the Green Iguana.