The CAYMAN ISLANDS were discovered by Columbus over 500 years ago. Permanent settlement came later. Indigenous plants were used for shelter, food, clothing, healing, everyday utility, boatbuilding, livelihood and export. They are part of the history, culture and identity of the Cayman Islands and what makes them unique. We don’t have large wild animals, but we do have an interesting diversity of wildlife, for which plants provide food and shelter. Native plants and animals are interdependent, and are part of intricate food webs.
CaymANNature offers CAYMAN ISLANDS NATURE TOURS with fully licensed, knowledgeable Nature Tour Guide and consultant, Ann Stafford, in her car, which seats up to four passengers. She is a Cayman Native Plant expert and co-author with Dr. R. R. Askew of Butterflies of the Cayman Islands published by Apollo Books in 2008, ISBN 978-87-88757-85-9. The book is available online, visit http://www.brill.com/butterflies-cayman-islands and from The National Trust for the Cayman Islands Visitor Centre (US$30.00 / CI$24.00) and from local book stores. The 2nd. edition of the Flora of the Cayman Islands by Dr. George R. Proctor, 2012, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is available in Cayman for CI$30.
It is also available online: http://www.kewbooks.com/asps/ShowDetails.asp?id=874 and
The Cayman Islands are well-known for their crystal-clear waters and marine life, but there’s a fascinating world of little-known plants, and the creatures for which they provide food and shelter - birds, bats, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians, hickatees, crabs and so on.
The 1938 Oxford University Expedition to the Cayman Islands (April 17 to August 27) was the first natural history survey of all three islands, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and reports were written about the flora, fauna, geology and wetlands. The founding study of Cayman’s butterflies was done then (Carpenter and Lewis 1943) and gave a good indication of the number of species on each island at that time.
The Cayman Islands are unique because of their relative geographic isolation in the north-western Caribbean Sea and have plants and creatures which occur naturally only here, or here and Cuba, or here and Jamaica.
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