Postcard Of The Week: Iguana Love

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.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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  1. lorraine 21 July, 2010 at 3:10 PM #

    You are one brave photographer! Woooweeee! But look at those colors! Great shot. Wildlife photog, who knew?? 🙂

  2. lilyg 21 July, 2010 at 3:14 PM #

    Haha! Thanks Lorraine! I have to agree with you, after this trip – I think I can handle anything, lol. And yes indeed, wildlife, who knew? My first time trying. Will post more iguana shots on my Flickr – their colors are just amazing like you said.

  3. RastaMermaid 21 July, 2010 at 7:07 PM #


  4. lilyg 21 July, 2010 at 10:59 PM #

    Thanks RM!

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