Caroni Swamp/Bird Sanctuary

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This site is on the Heritage Asset Register which is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. The register is authorized by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Council and is by no means exhaustive. The sites on the Heritage Asset Register are not owned by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust welcomes any historical information and oral histories the public wishes to share with us concerning this site via the feedback form.

Caroni Swamp/Bird Sanctuary

The Caroni Swamp is the largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago where the Caroni River, the largest river in Trinidad, meets the Gulf of Paria. The large areas of mangrove trees are separated by waterways that can be navigated by small pirogues. The Swamp is known for many different species, including caimans, swamp boas, crabs of different types, herons and egrets, bur in particular the Scarlet Ibis, one of Trinidad’s National birds.

Most of the Ibises feed in Venezuela eleven miles away. Similar to flamingos and reseate spoonbills, the Ibis gets its rich colour from their diet of crab. The Caroni Swamp is a favourite with visitors to Trinidad and Tobago, particularly in the early evening when the flocks of Ibis are returning to roost in the mangroves.

It takes about three years for the Ibis to develop its full colour, remaining a dull grey through adolescence. Although officially protected as a bird sanctuary, the Scarlet Ibis population, like the manatee of the Nariva Swamp, has declined considerable since 1970 and continues to be at risk from poaching and pollution of the river and Gulf.

 

Address: Off the Uriah Bulter Highway

Town/City: Caroni

Region: Chaguanas

Site Type: Natural Heritage

Ownership: Public

Public Accessibility: Limited Access

Listing Status: Stage 2 – Identification & Inclusion of Heritage Site on Inventory of Properties

Habitat: Mangroves & Swamps

Eco-System: Freshwater

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    Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani_1213_007

  • Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani

    Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani

  • Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani 2015 (2)

    Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani 2015 (2)

  • Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani (3)

    Caroni Swamp Sharmila Narwani (3)

  • Caroni Bird Scantuary - Arnold Persad

    Caroni Bird Scantuary – Arnold Persad

  • Caroni Bird Santuary 2 Arnold Persad

    Caroni Bird Santuary 2 Arnold Persad

  • Caroni Bird Sanctuary Mangrove - Arnold Persad

    Caroni Bird Sanctuary Mangrove – Arnold Persad

  • Caroni Bird Sanctury Side View - Arnold Persad

    Caroni Bird Sanctury Side View – Arnold Persad

  • Caroni Bird Santuary - Arnold Persad

    Caroni Bird Santuary – Arnold Persad

Address:

Off the Uriah Bulter Highway, Caroni, Chaguanas

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