Green Iguana Foundation

Inmerse yourself into the amazing world of the Green Iguanas, an specie in danger of extinction. Discover at the Iguana Conservation Tour all the details involved in the raising, protection and care of this wonderfull reptile.

Iguana Verde was founded in year 2001 in Costa Rica, by Edsart Besier, who is also responsible for the day to day running of the project. The Iguana Verde Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in Holland in March 2001, in order to raise funds and create awareness of the need to protect the green iguana on a national and international level.

The Foundation is run by a Board of Members: they are all Dutch, five in total and all are leaders in their fields of expertise. Mrs C.H.A.M.Eilers is a scientist with a PhD on Iguanas; MR DJ. v.d Kolk, Managing Director, Ouwehand Zoo, Holland , MR. C.S. Baas formerly Managing Director, Bank Mees & Hope; MR C.L. Gerhardt, Manager, Royal Institute of the Tropics, (Koninklijk Instituut van de Tropen), Amsterdam; and Mr A.P Besier, High Court Judge.

The project was founded with the cooperation of the National University of Costa Rica and the "University and research Centre Wageningen" in Holland.



Iguana Verde is a non-profit organization, funded by the support of donors and various organizations sympathetic to the cause. Anyone can make a donation or help by symbolically adopting an iguana. Information on how to do this can be found below.

The Gandoca-Manzanilo Wildlife Refuge ( REGAMA) is strategically located at the south- eastern most tip of the Caribbean coast. It is surrounded by the sixaola River at the Panamanian border to the east, a row of mountains from the Talamancan range to the south and bathed on the north side by the white sand beaches and rich coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea.

Locally iguanas have been hunted as a source of protein. While this is illegal there is a belief amongst local people that everyone is entitled to catch 1 a year. If hunting iguanas doesn’t stop now they will be extinct in 5 years time.

At present it is estimated that at best there are between 500 and 2000 green iguanas in the area. According to Jorge Cabrera, a biologist at the National University of Costa Rica, at least 7,600 are needed for the survival of the species.

Iguana Verde was established to avert this tragedy.