Blue Cayman Iguana by Nathalie Heseltine
The artwork used on these cards was created to cast light on a variety of endangered species from around the world. Made from collages of magazine clippings, the originals of these vibrant and beautiful pieces have been exhibited in London.
The Blue Cayman Iguana
Endemic to to Grand Cayman Island, these iguanas turn a stunning azure blue during the breeding season or just when they are excited! Primarily herbivorous, they also feed on fruit, fungus, crabs, soil, and excrement.
Once abundant, the Blue Cayman Iguana has been quietly heading for extinction in the wild since the colonisation of the West Indian islands. This beautiful creature is subject to many human-related threats; habitat loss to agriculture, trapping or shooting by farmers who perceive iguanas as a threat to their crops, road accidents and predation by cats and dogs.
CONSERVATION: The National Trust for the Cayman Islands are breeding them successfully in captivity. These are subsequently being released after two years into a reserve.
About the artist
From her days of looking after hundreds of stick insects to her incredible artwork that highlights the plight of some of our most wonderful creatures, London based Nathalie Heseltine has always had a love for animals. When she's not creating her masterpieces, you can find her either studying marine conservation or travelling to some far flung country to save marine life.