I did many things in Belize that I’ve never done before. One of them is feed an iguana. (Most eat leaves, not bananas, but George – above -is one of the few that has become accustomed to eating fruits.)
During my stay in San Ignacio, Belize – in the western part of Belize which also dubbed “the best end” – I visited the Iguana Conservation Project. Green iguanas are apparently in danger of extinction because they are hunted by locals and sold as “delicacies.” The conservation project aims to create awareness, educate, hatch, rear and release the iguanas back into the wild so as to repopulate the riverbanks of Belize with these colorful creatures.
Belize, as small a country as it may be, is huge on conservation and preserving their natural environment. As they should – they have a beautiful, lush interior – one of the most stunning I’ve seen in a long time. And iguanas, in turn, are vital to the ecological balance of Belize’s river habitat.
At first I felt a bit uneasy with being surrounded by hundreds of these iguanas at the conservation site- big and small, all staring curiously at me from their branches with their long tails and beady eyes. But in the end, I learned a lot about how they function and got to see the beauty in them. They’re just another unique and amazing creature of God, just like we are.