You probably wouldn’t like coming upon one of these fearsome fellows while hiking through the tropical forest. You certainly wouldn’t want one to walk across your belly while relaxing on the beach—or would you?
Iguanas pose virtually no threat to humans, yet they are being eradicated from the earth in startling frequency; they’re harvested for their meat, destroyed as a measure to protect livestock, and pushed further from traditional breeding grounds by human development.
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve iguana habitat is home to a number of mature iguanas, and is used as a research and breeding center. This is a part of the park often overlooked by visitors, who flock toward the hawk habitat, so if you do book a visit with a naturalist, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the creatures in a low-key, one-on-one setting.