Protected Areas & Species

“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”

– Wangari Maathai

List of All Protected Areas in Trinidad and Tobago

Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Other Protected Areas

  • Caroni Swamp
  • Fishing Pond Beach
  • Grand Riviere Beach
  • Main Ridge Forest Reserve
  • Buccoo Reef National Park
  • Bush Bush
  • Caroni Swamp
  • Central Range
  • Kronstadt Island
  • Monre L’Enfer
  • Northern Range
  • Saut d’Eau
  • Soldado Rock
  • Southern Watershed
  • Trinity Hills
  • Matura National Park
  • Valencia
  • Little Tobago
  • St. Giles

See https://www.protectedareastt.org.tt/index.php/protected-areas for more information on the designation of Protected Areas within Trinidad and Tobago.

List of All Protected Species in Trinidad and Tobago

Environmentally Sensitive Species

Other Protected Species (Note that some species are only protected within specific ‘seasons’)

  • Alligator or Cayman
  • Lizards
  • Agouti
  • Armadillo (Tattoo)
  • Deer
  • Lappe
  • Quenk
  • Capybara
  • Iguana
  • Black Vulture (Corbeaux)
  • Orange-winged Amazon Parrot
  • Ramier or Pigeons
  • Wild Ducks
  • Cravat
  • Parakeet
  • Semp
  • Budgerigar
  • Canary
  • Chats
  • Finches (Chicki-Chong, Bullfinch or Chestnut-bellied seed-finch)
  • Cockatiels
  • Lovebirds
  • Seedeaters (Grey or Yellow-bellied seedeater)

Conservation of Wildlife Act:

https://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.tt/Laws2/Alphabetical_List/lawspdfs/67.01.pdf

Scarlet Ibis
Scarlet Ibis

See below link for comprehensive information on Scarlet Ibis compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/Eud…

Olive Ridley Turtle
Olive Ridley Turtle

See below link for comprehensive information on Olive Ridley Turtle compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/og…

Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle

See below link for comprehensive information on Hawksbill Turtle compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt…

Green Turtle
Green Turtle

See below link for comprehensive information on Green Turtle compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/Ch…

Loggerhead Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle

See below link for comprehensive information on Loggerhead Turtle compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/images/Carett…

Leatherback Turtle
Leatherback Turtle

See below link for comprehensive information on Leatherback Turtle compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/og…

Ocelot
Ocelot

See below link for comprehensive information on Ocelot compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/Leopardu…

Golden Tree Frog
Golden Tree Frog

See below link for comprehensive information on Golden Tree Frog compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogat…

White-Tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird
White-Tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird

See below link for comprehensive guide published by the University of the West Indies: https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/images/Campylopterus_ensipennis%20-%20Wh…

West Indian Manatee
West Indian Manatee

See below link for comprehensive guide on West Indian Manatee published by the University of the West Indies: https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/T…

Pipile pipile (Trinidad Piping-guan or Pawi)
Pipile pipile (Trinidad Piping-guan or Pawi)

See below link for comprehensive information on Pawi compiled by the University of the West Indies. https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/sites/default/files/lifesciences/documents/ogatt/Pipile_pipile%…

Matura National Park
Matura National Park

Situated in NE Trinidad, the Matura National Park was designated an Environmentally Sensitive Area in 2004 under the EMA’s Environmentally Sensitive Area Rules. It is home to several Environmentally S…

Nariva Swamp Managed Resource Protected Area
Nariva Swamp Managed Resource Protected Area

An approximately 11,000 hectare swamp, the Nariva Swamp is a predominantly freshwater area situated at Trinidad’s eastern coast. It was designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area in 2006 and is o…

Aripo Savannas Strict Nature Reserve
Aripo Savannas Strict Nature Reserve

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