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Blues in zoos help protect native iguana bloodlines

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Grand Cayman’s indigenous blue iguana is battling back from the brink of extinction, and zoos in the US are helping protect the diversity of the gene pool.

A picture of a blue iguana in a zoo exhibit has been making the rounds on social media, causing some to react with outrage.

The National Trust told Cayman 27 there are 57 blue iguanas living in 17 zoos abroad.

It said having blues in zoos helps to protect the endangered iguana bloodline in the event the on-island population suffered a catastrophic collapse.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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