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Iguana Research & Breeding Station
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Utila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We loved this place, over 3000 Iguanas that you can interact with and feed them, had no idea they were so friendly, they loved to have their tummies rubbed. Also big fish and a monkey who likes to steal your glasses, beware.

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Nice exhibits with information displays. Knowledgable people most of whom volunteer their time to save the iguanas from extinction on the island. This is a must see if you love iguanas.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

A great place for the kids to go and experience, very educational and gives good onsite into the wildlife

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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Visit this little gem when in Utila. The dedication to mission and the care taken in the educational/interpretive materials is evident. The young volunteer who guided me (Jose) had a passion and knowledge about his subjects that I only wish I had experienced in my formal education years. A guided tour costs $3.00. They also offer a variety of inexpensive and intriguing ecological tours -- bats, underwater caves, kayaking the river and mangroves (my time in Utila was ending so I didn't get to experience them). If you're a history or nature buff, this, Munchies, and Altons are the best place on the island to partake in conversation.

Thank BemidjiMN
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

The Iguana Station is an NGO dedicated to the continued survival of the endemic iguana species to Utila, lovingly referred to as the Swamper. At the Iguana station, where one can volunteer, you can see the rare Swamper being bred and taken care of; depending on the time of year, you may even see some hatchlings scurrying along their cages. A visitor has the opportunity to feed female swampers fresh crabs that are regularly caught by the volunteers, and visitors are also given a tour of the site, get an opportunity to see the oldest living Swamper around today, and get an educational tour of the life and times of the Swamper, his habitat, and also information on other reptiles and amphibians on the island.

Thank Johnathan C
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