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Iguana Research & Breeding Station

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| Off Mamey Lane, Utila 34201, Honduras
+504 2425-3946
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Knowledgeable volunteer, a dozen big cages, lots of iguanas of all ages

It was worth the walk up the hill to see the Iguana Farm. There were 20 babies (in 2 enclosures... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carmen L
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Very important work they are doing

The Iguana Research Center is a conservation NGO that monitors and breeds Iguanas. Not surprise... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Nadav S
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Thursday Island, Australia
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Worldwide, the Utila Iguana "Swamper" is only found in the mangrove swamps of Utila, Honduras, an area less than 10km². This fascinating animal is endangered due to threats from unsustainable development of the mangroves and beaches, over-hunting and by increasing pollution. The Iguana Station's efforts are focused upon understanding the natural history of the Swamper by carrying out scientific research. A breeding program supports the population in the mangroves: more than 200 hatchlings have been bred and released every year since the project started. We also have an environmental education program in the schools of Utila and support a programme of sustainable development and tourism. Much of our work here in Utila is undertaken by volunteers from all over the world who have joined our Volunteering Program. Contact us for more information about volunteering opportunities. Visitors to the station are given a full tour, with explanations about the habits of this endangered species, as well as getting an overview of general Utilian wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see the Swamper at different ages, as well as the Highlander and Green Iguanas. We also offer three amazing tours of Utila island (minimum of 2 people): 1) the Pumpkin Hill Tour - hiking to the highest point for the most beautiful view on the island; 2) the Rock Harbour Kayaking Tour - kayaking through the mangrove ecosystem to see Utilian wildlife, birds and iguanas; 3) the Water Cave Tour - an underground tour to fresh water to go bat watching! Contact us for more information or to arrange.
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| Off Mamey Lane, Utila 34201, Honduras
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was worth the walk up the hill to see the Iguana Farm. There were 20 babies (in 2 enclosures), several breeding pairs in other enclosures and one large, kind of enclosed area with a couple turtles and a giant, ancient iguana. You can either...More

Thank Carmen L
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The Iguana Research Center is a conservation NGO that monitors and breeds Iguanas. Not surprise... Visit there is very informative, you get to learn a lot about Iguanas, meet them up close, and at the same time feel good about your self for supporting them.

Thank Nadav S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

With a group of friends, we visited Iguana Station and received amazing attention from the staff there. They took us on a hike to the second highest point on the island (Stuart Hill) and then proceeded to give us a tour of the sanctuary. It...More

Thank Luis Mario E
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is a relatively small property dedicated to breeding the endangered swamper iguana. There were two interns at the station who greeted us upon arrival and spent a great deal of time with us and our children. The female intern from Germany explained every single...More

Thank Darla G
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Nice to learn more about "Swampy" and the efforts to save the rare iguana. Go around 8-8:30am to see the feeding and stay for the tour. There is also a hiking path nearby where you can look over the island from the top of a...More

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

We stopped in on Friday, December 1, 2017 to see the facility. Erick was our tour guide and did an amazing job. He was very knowledgable about the iguana species on the island and those being bred at the station.

Thank Rick T
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The Iguana Station is more than a local attraction. It's an inspiring nature research and conservation center that has been steadily working to protect the island's endangered species and ecosystems for the past 20 years. Their volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable -a plus when this...More

Thank donperez
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

A 20-minute uphill walk from the waterfront, so choose the cooler part of the day, or take a taxi. Our donations help run breeding programs and protection for these great small iguanas. The volunteer staff take you on a tour and then leave you to...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Swampy is the locals name for the iguanas that live on the island. There is an educational center as well as breeding areas to rebuild the populations.

Thank Brad R
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Spent a few minutes at the Iguana Research station in Utila. Took a good 15 minute walk from centro but you can take a TukTuk as well. We got there at feeding time (8:30 am) and watched the volunteers feed the many iguanas and turtles....More

Thank Angela K
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Thank you for your visit! Spread the word to help Ctnosaura bakeri of Utila!

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