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  • The R/V Coral Reef II, Shedd's research vessel, is a floating research laboratory station in the Bahamas.
  • Shedd researcher Dr. Chuck Knapp and assistants pose on a rocky, brush-covered island in the Bahamas during an Iguana Research Expedition.
  • The beautiful blue waters of the Bahamas, when viewed above, reveal a multitude of sandy shoals dropping into deep darker areas.
  • An Exuma rock iguana is held securely as its head is measured, part of an Iguana Research Trip in the Exumas, Bahamas.
  • An Exuma rock iguana's face is covered in many reddish and orange scales, with a large flap of loose skin below its large mouth.

Highlights:

  • Participate in hands-on work alongside researcher Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., and contribute to meaningful assessments of Bahamian rock iguana populations inhabiting Andros Island.
  • Sail around several small and large cays to locate iguanas and collect data that will inform management plans. Some of the tagged iguanas have been in our database for decades.
  • Explore some of the most beautiful areas of the world with the opportunity to see dolphins, sharks, eagle rays and other marine and terrestrial wildlife.
  • Visit iguana nesting sites in hopes of recording one of the most unusual nesting strategies for any lizard—depositing eggs in termite mounds.
  • Live on Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, and experience life conducting conservation research in the field.

Your expert trip leader

Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., has made the conservation of Bahamian rock iguanas his life’s work, and now he is a leading authority on them. At Shedd, Knapp oversees Shedd's conservation research programs with the goal of saving wild animals and imperiled ecosystems.

The R/V Coral Reef II, Shedd's research vessel, is a floating research laboratory station in the Bahamas.

Accommodations

Shedd Aquarium’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, will be our primary base of operations and our home during the entire trip. It is equipped with the creature comforts necessary to make such a trip enjoyable. Cabins and heads (marine toilets) are shared, with two single-bed bunks in each stateroom. In addition, the boat is air-conditioned and has its own freshwater system, with hot water for showering. Regular 110-volt service is always available. Please note that Wi-Fi connectivity is not available, although there will be a satellite phone in case of emergencies, and cell roaming is possible when close to the islands. Meals aboard the boat are planned and prepared by our chef.

Included:

  • 10 nights’ room and board on the R/V Coral Reef II
  • All meals and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Transportation from Miami International Airport to Merrill-Stevens shipyard

Not included:

  • Personal expenses incurred outside of the time you arrive on and depart from the boat.
  • Flights to/from Miami, Florida
  • Transportation from Merrill-Stevens shipyard to Miami International Airport
  • Dinner the first night in Miami
An Exuma rock iguana uses its large, five-fingered claws to easily scale the porous rocky cliffs of its home in the Exumas, Bahamas.

Getting there and home

A valid passport for international travel is required. Once accepted to the program, you will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Miami. All flights should arrive in Miami between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Please book your return flight for Monday, June 8, after 3 p.m. Because many airfares are nonrefundable, please confirm with us before finalizing your plans.

Group Size

Price

$2,995

Physical requirements

Participants must possess the enthusiasm and stamina that it takes to make such an adventure enjoyable and rewarding. Scuba experience is not required (we will not be diving during this expedition). Participants must be able to get in and out of boats and be comfortable hiking over rocky terrain.

Questions?

Contact [email protected] for further detailed information.

Nature requires flexibility

Activities are weather-dependent and may be subject to change if our guide determines it is necessary.

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