International Iguana Foundation Grants Received 2002
The IIF is also pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a grant from the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund for $8,100 for Expansion of in-situ captive breeding for the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana. These funds are earmarked for materials needed to construct larger breeding enclosures at the Trust – run iguana management facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. This grant brings the total to $18,100 (potentially $23,100) that has been raised through the IIF in support of the Grand Cayman Iguana Species Recovery Plan drafted in November 2001. A third grant, seeking $21,200, was also submitted to the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) for the proposal Flagship Species Campaign to save the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana by Allison Alberts, Rick Hudson and Fred Burton. These actions illustrate the momentum that a well written and ratified Species Recovery Plan can exert toward the mobilization of resources from a diverse array of funding agencies and sectors. Finally a $2400 grant was awarded to the ISG by the Chicago Zoological Society’s Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund to support radio-tracking projects on four species of West Indiana iguanas. These funds are designated to purchase radio-transmitters for the programs on Grand Cayman, Mona Island, Andros Island and Anegada, BVI. This grant will be matched by the IIF to provide a total of $4800 to be divided among these projects.