On Retirement | A Letter from Charro


March 28, 2021
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In just a few weeks I will be turning 22 years old. That’s a long time for a green iguana. According to the internet, that makes me over 130 years old in human years, which is just WOW.

I have spent the better part of life as the “spokesiguana” for the museum and it’s coming time for me to hang it up and make room for a new spokesiguana. Soon you will all meet Nacho, who is full of spry and youthful energy. He’s a younger green iguana and much more energetic than I am. The staff is still ironing out how he will be interacting with everyone, so stay tuned. I hope he likes wearing funny outfits.

As a part of the HMNS family, it’s been my distinct pleasure to watch so many of our patrons grow up. From my habitat inside the Cockrell Butterfly Center I have seen some of you on field trips, first awkward dates, and even later visiting with your own families. I have seen so many marriage proposals, engagement photoshoots, you name it. No one ever sent me a wedding invite! It makes me feel warm inside — yes, iguanas can get in their feelings — to know that I have been a big part of the museum experience. I might have even motivated you to want to pursue a career taking care of animals. Or maybe I just motivated you to sleep on under a warm lamp. Both is fine, LOL.

I am going to start living behind the scenes, but I am sure you will still be able to see me here and there. Maybe I will come around and sign autographs, as long as you promise not to sell them on eBay.

I love HOU all.

Authored By Charro 

Charro is the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s hospitality liaison. His offices inside the Cockrell Butterfly Center are open daily. When he’s not in charge of visitor engagement and animal encounters, he can be found in his habitat lounging under a lamp or posing for photos with fans.



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