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Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park (Frank Sound Rd, T9473558 (information line), 9479462, http://www.botanic-park.ky, daily 0900-1830, 1730 in winter, last admission one hour earlier, US$7.50, children 6-12 US$5, separate charge for the iguana facility, taxi from cruise ship dock US$50 one way, bus from town on North Side route CI$2) was officially opened by the Queen in 1994. A mile-long woodland trail has been cleared and an entrance garden created. In 1997 a second phase brought a Floral Colour Garden and a Heritage Garden, with endemic plants, within the park. The trees and gardens took a beating from Hurricane Ivan and were closed until end-April 2005, but regeneration was swift. Orchids bloom in May and June and there are breeding areas for the Grand Cayman parrot, the Cayman rabbit and the Cayman anole lizard. In 2005 a new Cayman Blue Iguana Facility was opened (http://www.blueiguana.ky), where visitors can see the iguanas up close, learn about them and about the conservation efforts to save them from extinction. There are many wild blue iguanas now running through the Botanic Park so you will see them even if you don’t go to the Iguana Facility. There are special events, which are sometimes held, such as an orchid show, in February, and a mango morning in August. There is a Visitor Centre, café and giftshop and a typical Caymanian cottage and garden has been built.

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