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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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Great staff and inspiring work

With a group of friends, we visited Iguana Station and received amazing attention from the staff... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Luis Mario E
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Very Attentive Interns

This is a relatively small property dedicated to breeding the endangered swamper iguana. There... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Darla G
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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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 27 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 9 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.

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Reviewed 17 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

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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

1  Thank metabee
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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 2 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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Management response:Responded 7 April 2017

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

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Everyone should visit the Iguana research station by principle. It's great to see local conservation efforts for a critically endangered species. You get to see and learn about the iguanas and other herpetofauna on the island, and importantly you can help support their efforts (they...More

Thank Dan G
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Management response:Responded 17 March 2017

Thank you for appreciating our efforts!

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We walked up to the Iguana station only to find that they were closed even though the sign said they would be open. However, we were still able to walk around and see the iguanas in the pens.More

1  Thank CarlisleLori
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Management response:Responded 17 February 2017

Apologies if the visitor centre was closed when you came up to visit. We're in the process of changing our opening hours (Tues - Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 9am-4pm; we also close for lunch around 12pm-1pm). We're glad you still got to walk around our gardens...More

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