Iguana Research & Breeding Station

Iguana Research & Breeding Station

What is: Iguana Research & Breeding Station

The Iguana Research & Breeding Station is a project of the Bay Islands Foundation, a grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation and research of endangered species of the Bay Islands of Honduras. Founded in 1994, the station has received more than 1000 volunteers from around the world who are passionate about wildlife conservation and want to contribute to the protection of endangered species. The Bay Islands Foundation also receives international undergraduate and graduate students. If you'd like to learn more, please send us and email and we'll be glad to help you.




๐Ÿ’ต From 0 USD/week

Staying time

โณ From 2 weeks to 1 year

Language spoken

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง English

Accommodation provided

๐Ÿก Yes

Food provided

๐Ÿฅ— No


๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras


๐ŸŒŽ Central America

Type of habitat

๐ŸŒฟ Rainforest


Typical day at the center

Normally, volunteers will start working at 8 am and then take a lunch/siesta break from 12- 2 pm, then come back to work until 5 pm. The planning for each week is set on Mondays and shared to the volunteers then. Each volunteer will have the choice to sign up to the activities of interest (wildlife monitoring, night patrols for sea turtles, beach clean-ups, etc.), however sometimes volunteers will asked to assist in chores at the station like giving tours around the station, repairing iguana cages, fixing a fence or things like that. Weekends are off, so the volunteers have a chance to explore the island, go to the beach, plan a snorkeling trip to the beautiful Water Cay or go kayaking to the north side of the island through a mangrove canal. Volunteers interested in taking a SCUBA diving course can do so over the weekend or during the week, but need to check first with the station's coordinator.


Volunteers have a chance of participating in a variety of activities that include: -Feeding iguanas -Environmental education with local youth -Beach clean-ups -Iguana population studies -Mangrove reforestation -Tracking invasive species using camera traps -Sea turtle patrolling* -Assisting with the iguana breeding programme* *Seasonal

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 2 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 8 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

Food is not provided by the station, but there's a fully equipped kitchen where the volunteers can prepare their own meals.


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Birds, Marine Wildlife, Other small mammals


Qualification required

No skills required, however volunteers must be in good physical shape as some activities require it (monitoring in the mangroves, beach clean-ups and others)

How to apply?

Fill out the mandatory registration form found at our website or email us at volo@utila-iguana.de

Practical information

Internet access

WiFi is provided by the station, as well as a washing machine and drinking water.

Cost details

Volunteers participate in a variety of conservation oriented activities that involve environmental education with local youth, beach clean-ups, nesting sea turtles monitoring* and breeding of iguanas*. Also, volunteers participate in hands-on research on wildlife population, assisting the staff in iguana population studies, invasive mammals monitoring and land change observations with drones. *seasonal

How to get there?

Once in Utila you can get to the station walking or ask any of the moto-taxis to take you there (about $2 for the 10 minute ride)

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

This location didn't provide us with any information for this point


Explore a few pictures submitted by the organisation:

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