An Update: Calvin’s Green Iguana Sanctuary in Downtown San Pedro

On May 27th, 2023 I wrote a post about one of San Pedro’s most popular tourist attractions: The Future Of Calvin’s Green Iguana Sanctuary is in Peril. Calvin and his protected green iguanas, located right in the middle of busy San Pedro, were being asked to move. A monumentally difficult and expensive, if not impossible, task.

Petting an iguana
Calvin Talking Iguanas
Calvin is passionate about his iguanas

The situation: The Belize Electric Company holds the title to the lagoon and mangroves which Calvin cleaned, maintained and then painstakingly built the very popular attraction for locals and visitors – the Green Iguana Eco-Park. An area that is now the home to hundreds of (often hunted) green iguanas.

Orange Iguana

Thousands of you read the post, shared the post, and left scores of comments.

I’ve been getting so many questions – Is there an update?!

The funny way iguanas lay down
The funny way that iguanas lay

So I stopped by to chat with Calvin and…while there is no definitive solution, things are moving in a positive direction.

Two igaunas posing

Yes – you read that correctly…things look positive!

A younger iguana in the mangroves
The younger iguanas can be the most brilliant green

Calvin had a meeting with BEL – he showed them what he has done with the property and the iguanas and the visitors’ logs and comments and…thinks there could be an agreement that will work out for everyone. Including all of us who have visited the park and been awed by these gorgeous, prehistoric reptiles.

Those horns

Here are some photos – taken by my friend Mike a few weeks ago…and while things are not yet finalized. We have reason to hope…thank you all SO much for the letters and comments and positive vibes sent…keep sending them!

Close up of iguanas face
Iguana eatin lettuce
Sign at Calvin's Iguana Sanctaury
Eating a banana
Orange male
The males turn orange during dating season
The spikes along their backs
Peeping thru the leaves

Thank you all! And…if you have not visited – check out my information with a map so you can find it in this post. It’s a must-visit in San Pedro!

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  1. Bill on August 7th, 2023 at 11:06 am

    EXCELLENT NEWS. Thanks for the update.

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      It feels good to see that sometimes news is good! We get bombarded with so much of the opposite. Makes my week.

  2. Therese Brady on August 7th, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Great news – awesome place

  3. Greg Maas on August 7th, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Hopefully great news, thanks for the update. We love that place and what he has done.

  4. Kathy Waldron on August 7th, 2023 at 11:41 am

    So happy to hear some great news

  5. Rhonda Boulan on August 7th, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Great News so HAPPY FOR EVERYBODY~ especially Calvin and the Iguana’s!! Great job everybody for pitching in and helping out~ The pictures are so great….Thank you!

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:09 pm

      Aren’t they beautiful!?

  6. Laura M on August 7th, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    That is wonderful to hear and I hope it continues in the same positive direction toward resolution. Calvin is doing more than safeguarding and educating about iguanas; he is preserving a part of Ambergris’ heritage and creating a legacy for future generations of how to take initiative and care for creation. We always stop by when we come to San Pedro and are delighted that we will be able to continue doing so!

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:09 pm

      Yes! Spread kindness and care for the environment…all the good stuff that will keep this island going strong.

    • Dawn Burton on August 9th, 2023 at 7:32 am

      Hi There,Read all your stories,I love belize.I have stayed in Caya Caulker a few times,love it there but wanted to stay somewhere else,a nice clean place with beach ,fishing and alittle away from main town,can you recommend any where?? Im looking to travel from baltimore dec 21-31 2023 Thanks

  7. Andrew on August 7th, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    I was just there last month and they now have a restaurant on the property.
    Food is amazing local Belizean cuisine.

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      I haven’t tried yet but the menu looks sooo tasty.

  8. Anne on August 7th, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the update!!

  9. susan on August 7th, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    So happy to hear this updated information. I hope it continues to move in a positive direction for Calvin, the iguanas, and everyone who loves to visit this amazing place

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      All fingers crossed over here 🙂

  10. Teresa on August 7th, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    We visit and donate every trip – it gets more awesome every time we do.

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      Hooray! That’s amazing.

  11. Eric Simon on August 7th, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Good news. I will be bringing a group of folks to visit this park in January. Support the Eco Park!

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      When I was there last week, there were 3 small groups…very encouraging!

  12. Jo-Jo on August 7th, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for the encouraging update. This is so exciting!

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 7th, 2023 at 4:06 pm

      It really is…unexpected and awesome.

  13. Sharon T. on August 7th, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    This is wonderful news! Thank you for the update — I’ve been so concerned. Calvin’s iguana sanctuary is amazing, irreplaceable, unique — and one of our very favorite things (and there are many!) about San Pedro town.

  14. Marisa Willment on August 8th, 2023 at 7:25 am

    This is awesome news!!! We need to keep this sanctuary not just for visitors but for the well being of these creatures that Calvin has dedicated his life to.
    Thank you for the update and congrats on your Citizenship

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 8th, 2023 at 9:15 am

      I’m going to try to go register for my voting card today 🙂

  15. Garry Brayko on August 8th, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Thank you Calvin and thank you Belize Electric Company for allowing this wonderful sanctuary to continue in this wonderful spot. It’s truly a must visit sanctuary in San Pedro!
    Also a shout out to the San Pedro Scoop for the updates.

  16. Amy Malik on August 8th, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    We visited the sanctuary in 2021 after having lived on AC for 4 months. It was eye opening even after we had lived with these dinosaurs in our midst. It is a great sanctuary and attraction for people to learn about and observe these amazing creatures. BEL has a bad reputation for not respecting the nature and natural resources of its own country ( citing The Last Flight of the Scarlett Macaw) and BEL should be ashamed of themselves for imposing on Calvin and this sanctuary. Hopefully someone with some influence will step in and put BEL in its place.

  17. Kelly Jones on August 11th, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    LOVE the iguana farm! Took the entire family there last week. The 3 year-olds and five year-olds were fascinated. Cannot lose this treasure!