Iguana Research - Breeding Station
Worldwide, the Utila Iguana "Swamper" is only found in the mangrove swamps of Utila, 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.
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 the opportunity to see the Swamper at different ages, as well as the Highlander and Green Iguanas. We also offer four different tours of Utila island.
The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Please contact us for different arrangements:
60 Lempiras ($ 3) for non Hondurans, 30 Lempiras for Hondurans, and 20 Lempiras ($ 1) for children.
School groups and students (10 or more persons) pay 15 Lempiras per person.
All donations go to the station upkeep and Swamper protection.