Caroni Swamp/Bird Sanctuary – A TOURIST IN THE CARIBBEAN

Caroni Swamp/Bird Sanctuary

Located on the west coast on the island, it is one of the largest mangrove forest on the island comprising of over twelve thousand acres. The Swamp contains fresh and saltwater marshes and the bird sanctuary which is home to one of the country’s national bird, The Scarlet Ibis. The Swamp has a total of over twenty endangered species and ecologically diverse.  It is a very productive area of wetland that provides food and protection for its inhabitants. It hosts a diverse eco-system consisting of mangroves, marshes, lagoons, mudflats that support a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The mangrove also serves as breeding/nursery for fish (marine and freshwater) which sustain fisheries in the Gulf of Paria. The main attraction of the bird sanctuary is the opportunity to observe, close to sunset the ritualistic habit of the Scarlet Ibis.  It is believed that the red-feathered birds travel to the Venezuelan mainland about 11 miles away to feed every day then return to the swamp at dust to rest, to do it all over again at sunrise. It is truly a spectacle to see these red-feathered birds by their thousands going into their nests.

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