We have a number of large enclosures in the park containing native animals, currently you can see:



Manicou with young

Scientific name: Didelphimorphia
Other names: Opossum

Manicous are small marsupials with long snouts.

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Appearance and behaviour

Manicous are solitary in nature as well as nocturnal. Their lifespan is just two to four years and females often give birth to very large numbers of young. The offspring are born at an early stage and make their way to the marsupial pouch to nurse.

Manicous have a strong immune system showing partial or total immunity to snakes such as rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and other pit vipers.

When threatened they mimic the appearance of a dead or sick animal, an involuntary response that includes barred teeth, a foul smell, foaming of the mouth and a stiff body which appears lifeless to the touch. Manicous will usually regain consciousness within 40 minutes to 4 hours.

Diet and habitat

They are great scavengers and omnivores, eating everything from grass, fruit, insects, mice, snakes, eggs and chickens. Manicous live in forests in abandoned burrows and trees where they can be kept dark and secluded.

Their varied diet, strong immune system and reproductive habits make them excellent survivors in challenging environments.


Boa constrictor

Scientific name: Boa constrictor
Other names: Macajuel

Serpents are large, non-venomous snakes.

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Appearance and behaviour

Serpents reach up to 13ft with the female being larger than the male. Their colouring features a brown or gray base-colour with red or brown patterns.

They are nocturnal and capable swimmers. They have a non-aggressive nature.

Diet and habitat

Serpents can adapt to a variety of landscapes but favour rainforests for the humidity and temperature. They often live in the burrows of mammals and use trees as cover from predators.

They prey on mammals (such as agouti), birds, rodents, lizards and bats. They grab prey with their teeth before constricting until death and then consuming whole. Depending on the size of the meal, they do not need to eat again for up to several months.

Mango snake

Mango snake

Scientific name: Corallus hortulanus
Other names: Cascabel, Brown tree boa

Mango snakes are slim, aggressive boas.

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Appearance and behaviour

Mango snakes are night-time hunters. They grow to around 6.5ft and vary in colour from grey brown to golden brown. They have a painful but non-venomous bite.

Diet and habitat

Mangos live on a varied diet which includes birds, squirrels, lizards, rats and small mammals.

They spend their resting time curled up in the protection of trees.



Scientific name: Dasypus novemcinctus
Other names: Armadillo

Tattoos are nine-banded armadillos.

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Appearance and behaviour

Tattoos are small mammals with a leathery, armoured shell. Members of the ant-eater family, they grow to around 30 inches including the tail. They are nocturnal, solitary beings and excellent diggers. When threatened, tattoos often roll up into a tight ball, relying on their armoured shell to protect them.

Diet and habitat

Tattoos scavenge forest floors for ants and termites. They have poor eyesight but use their keen sense of smell to navigate and hunt for food.

They make their homes in burrows and hollow logs near creeks, streams and forests.

Red-tailed squirrel

Red Tailed Squirrel

Scientific name: Sciurus granatensis

Red squirrels in Tobago are smaller than elsewhere in the world.

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Appearance and behaviour

They can live up to 10 years. A member of the rodent family, they use their tails to steer and balance.

Squirrels are most active in the morning and late afternoon to evening.

They were a major pest in Tobago during the height of the cocoa industry and locals were rewarded with bullets for shooting them in order to keep the population down.

Diet and habitat

Squirrels eat mostly nuts, seeds and fruit and very occasionally eggs or nestlings. They hide seeds for later, sometimes forgetting where, which helps to distribute plant species and promote growth.

They favour forested areas and build nests in trees or use hollows and woodpecker holes.

Red-rumped agouti


Scientific name: Dasyprota leporina

The agouti is a relation of the guinea pig.

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Appearance and behaviour

Agoutis are similar in appearance to guinea pigs but with longer legs – excellent for running from predators and hopping into the air, which they do when startled.

They can live for up to 20 years – exceptionally long for rodents. Like the red-tailed squirrel, they are excellent seed distributors, vital for maintaining varied plant growth.

Diet and habitat

Agoutis favour wooded environments concealing themselves at night in hollow logs. They feed on fallen fruit, leaves and roots.

Green iguana

Green iguana

Scientific name: Iguana iguana

The green iguana is a large lizard.

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Appearance and behaviour

Green iguanas grow up to 4.9ft from head to tail. They are very good swimmers and agile tree and vine climbers who climb to the tops of trees to enjoy the heat of the sun.

Despite the name, they can vary greatly in colour. Green iguanas have a white photosensory ‘third eye’ (the Parietal eye) on top of their heads which is able to sense movement and changes in light and dark to help detect predators from above. The third eye also detects length of day and season to trigger mating behaviour.

The males are larger than the females and have a dewlap which is fanned out when threatened and during mating displays.

They carry a row of spines on their backs to help protect them from predators. Another protection feature is a tail that can snap off to allow speedy escape before regrowing.

Diet and habitat

Iguanas eat fruits and vegetables and favour environments where trees, vines and water are available.

Sally painter

Sally Painter

Scientific name: Tupinambis teguixin
Other names: Matte, Mato, mate, golden tegu, salimpanter, salipenta, salipenter

Sally painters are large, aggressive lizards.

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Appearance and behaviour

Sallys grow up to 4ft from head to tail. The young have a green/brown colouring between black bands which fade after 4 weeks to reveal adult colours of black and gold/yellow stripes. They have forked tongues and males also have jowls.

The tail can be easily broken and regrown to evade attack. Sallys are solitary by nature, can live for up to 20 years and can be aggressive when provoked.

As part of the mating display, the male marches on the spot for the female before prodding her with his snout and scratching her sides. They shelter in hollow logs and lay their eggs in burrows and termite nests.

Diet and habitat

Sallys adapt well to different landscapes and are found in forests as well as savannahs and coastal areas.

They have a wide and varied diet which includes berries, insects, crabs, frogs, lizards, snakes, eggs, mice and rats. They are adept at climbing trees to hunt for eggs.

Spectacled caiman


Scientific name: Crocodilus crocodilus

Caiman are relatively small crocodilians.

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Appearance and behaviour

They have no teeth visible when the mouth is closed which distinguishes them from other crocodile families. They also have a bony ridge above the eyes, giving the appearance of wearing spectacles.

Diet and habitat

Caiman colonise brackish and freshwater environments where a diet of fish, frogs and birds is abundant.

They make nests in grassland and forest habitats using leaves and twigs to form mounds where eggs can be deposited.


Birds sighted in the park

Thanks to Tarran Maharaj and Kamal Mahabir who took most of the photographs below

Broad-winged hawk

Scientific name: Buteoplatypterus
Family: Accipitridae

Great black hawk

Great Black Hawk - Juvenile
Scientific name: Buteogallus urubitinga
Family: Accipitridae

Swallow-tailed kite

Scientific name: Elanoides forficatus
Family: Accipitridae

Green kingfisher

Scientific name: Chloroceryle americana
Family: Alcedinidae

Grey rumped swift

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Scientific name: Chaetura cinereiventris lawrencei
Family: Apodidae

Short tailed swift

Short Tailed Swift by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Chaetura brachyura brachyura
Family: Apodidae

Green heron

Green heron
Scientific name: Butorides virescens
Family: Ardeidae

White-tailed nightjar

Scientific name: Caprimulgus cayennensis
Family: Caprimulgidae

Southern lapwing

southern lapwing
Scientific name: Vanellus chilensis
Family: Charadriidae


Scientific name: Coereba flaveola
Family: Coerebidae

Pale vented pigeon

Pale-vented Pigeon
Scientific name: Patagioenas cayennensis
Family: Columbidae

Ruddy ground dove

Ruddy Ground Dove
Scientific name: Columbina talpacoti
Family: Columbidae

Rufous-vented chackalaka

Scientific name: Ortalis ruficauda
Family: Cracidae

Smooth-billed ani

Smooth billed Ani
Scientific name: Crotophaga ani
Family: Cuculidae

Oliveaceous woodcreeper

Olivaceous Woodcreeper by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Sittasomus girseicapillus
Family: Dendrocolaptinae

Plain-brown woodcreeper

Plain-brown woodcreeper
Scientific name: Endrocincla fuliginosa
Family: Dendrocolaptinae

Cocoa woodcreeper

Scientific name: Xiphorhynchus susurrans susurrans
Family: Drendrocolaptinae

Blue-black grassquit

Scientific name: Volatinia jacarina splendens
Family: Emberizidae

Yellow-headed caracara

yellow headed caracara
Scientific name: Milvagochimachima
Family: Falaconidae

Peregrin falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Scientific name: Falco peregrinus
Family: Falaconidae


Scientific name: Falco columbarius
Family: Falaconidae

Magnificent frigatebird

magnificent frigatebird
Scientific name: Falco columbarius
Family: Falaconidae

Rufus tailed jacamar

rufous tailed jacamar
Scientific name: Galbula ruficauda ruficauda
Family: Galbulidae

Caribbean martin

Caribbean Martin by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Progne dominicensis
Family: Hirundinidae

Crested oropendola

rufous tailed jacamar
Scientific name: Psarocolius decumanus insularis
Family: Icteridae

Carib grackle

carib grackle
Scientific name: Quiscalus lugubris
Family: Icteridae

Shiny cowbird

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Scientific name: Molonthrus bonariensis
Family: Icteridae

Black-faced grassquit

Black-faced grassquit by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Tiaris bicolor
Family: Incertae sedis

Tropical mockingbird

Tropical mockingbird
Scientific name: Mimus gilvus tobagensis
Family: Mimidae

Blue-crowned motmot

Blue crowned mot-mot
Scientific name: Momotus momota
Family: Momotidae

Common potoo

Common Potoo
Scientific name: Nyctibius griseus
Family: Nyctibiidae


Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus
Family: Pandionidae

Northern water thrush

Northern Waterthrush
Scientific name: Seiurus noveboracensis
Family: Parulidae

Red-crowned woodpecker

Red crowned Woodpecker
Scientific name: Melanerpes rubicapillus
Family: Picidae

Red-rumped woodpecker

Red Rumped Woodpecker by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Venihornis kirkii
Family: Picidae

Golden-olive woodpecker

golden olive woodpecker
Scientific name: Piculus rubiginosus
Family: Picidae

Blue backed manakin

Blue-backed Manakin
Scientific name: Chiroxiphia pareola
Family: Pipridae

Orange winged parrot

Orange winged parrot
Scientific name: Amazonia amazonica tobagensis
Family: Psittacidae

Green rumped parrotlet

Green-rumped parrotlet
Scientific name: Forpus passerinus
Family: Psittacidae

Barred antshrike

barred antstrike
Scientific name: Thamnophilus doliatus doliatus
Family: Thamnophilidae

White fringed antwren

White-fringed Antwren
Scientific name: Formiccivora grisea
Family: Thamnophilidae

Palm tanager

palm tanager
Scientific name: Thrupis palmarum melanoptera
Family: Thraupidae

Red-legged honey creeper

red-legged honeycreeper
Scientific name: Thrupis palmarum melanoptera
Family: Thraupidae

Blue-gray tanager

blue grey tanager
Scientific name: Tharaupis episcopus
Family: Thraupidae

White-lined tanager

white lined tanager
Scientific name: Tachyphonus rufus
Family: Thraupidae

Rufous-breasted hermit

Scientific name: Glaucis hirsutus insularum
Family: Trochilidae

Copper-rumped hummingbird

Copper-rumped Hummingbird
Scientific name: Amazilia tobaci
Family: Trochilidae

White-necked jacobin

Copper-rumped Hummingbird
Scientific name: Florisuga mellivora
Family: Trochilidae

Ruby topaz hummingbird

Ruby topaz hummingbird
Scientific name: Chrysolampis mosquitus
Family: Trochilidae

Black-throated mango

Black-throated Mango
Scientific name: Anthracothorax ingricollis
Family: Trochilidae

Southern house wren

Southern house wren
Scientific name: Troglodytes musculus albicans
Family: Troglodytidae

Spectacled thrush

Spectacled thrush
Scientific name: Thrush nudigenis nudigenis
Family: Turdidae

Yellow-breasted flycatcher

Yellow breasted flycatcher
Scientific name: Tolmonyias flaviventris
Family: Tyrannidae

Yellow-bellied elaenia

yellow bellied elaenia
Scientific name: Elaenia flavogaster flavogaster
Family: Tyrannidae

Tropical kingbird

tropical kingbird
Scientific name: Tyrannus melncholius satrapa
Family: Tyrannidae

Fuscous flycatcher

Fuscous Flycatcher by Feroze Omardeen
Scientific name: Cnemotriccus fuscatus
Family: Tyrannidae

Grey kingbird

Grey Kingbird photo by Kamal Mahabir
Scientific name: Tyrannus dominicensis vorax
Family: Tyrannidae

Brown-crested flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher
Scientific name: Myiarchus tyrannulus tyrannulus
Family: Tyrannidae

Streaked flycatcher

Streaked Flycatcher
Scientific name: Myiodynastes maculatus
Family: Tyrannidae

Barn owl

barn owl
Scientific name: Tyto alba
Family: Tytonidae

Scrub greenlet

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Scientific name: Vireonidae
Family: Vireonidae

Red-eyed vireo

red eyed vireo
Scientific name: Vireolivaceus
Family: Vireonidae



A more complete list of butterflies and plants is coming soon, but some highlights are listed below:
















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Cambridge blue

Cassius blue


  • Heliconia
  • Water lilies
  • Lantana
  • Vervane
  • Graveyard daisy
  • Cochricho bush
  • Orange flower
  • Rattle
  • Peas
  • Passionfruit
  • Mimosa sensitive
  • Piper


  • Milkwood
  • Angeline
  • Trumpet tree
  • Naked Indian
  • Glory cedar
  • Silkcotton
  • Mahogany
  • Bay
  • Cleanteeth
  • Burnt nose
  • Gru Gru
  • Royal palm
  • Rubber
  • Balsa
  • Hog plum

Nut and Fruit trees

  • Mango
  • Breadfruit
  • Breadnut
  • Plantain
  • Guava
  • Golen /custard apple
  • Avocado
  • Papaya
  • Wild guava
  • Cashew


There is a full list of flora recorded in the park here.

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