Barbados Wildlife Reserve

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Come see the natural Barbados, the one void of hotels, restaurants, and malls. Here at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, you will be able to catch glimpses at the native animals of the island, including monkeys, as they go about their day. These animals, save for the dangerous ones, are not caged in and are free to do what they want. This experience is perfect for both nature lovers and anyone with children.

Set on four acres of natural mahogany forest across from Farley Hill National Park, this spot embraces nature so much that al of the buildings are built from coral rock which has been excavated from nearby sugarcane fields. Even the bricks that mark the pathways were taken from the remains of the unused sugar factories.

Guests are welcome to explore the reserve along paved trails that will take you up close to many exotic birds and animals while they freely roam in their natural habitat. The Barbados Green Monkey is a common find here, as are flamingos, peacocks, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. A collection of snakes are housed in cages, and there are even some non-native animals that live here, including Brocket Deer, caiman, armadillo, and agouti.

Location

Barbados Wildlife Reserve can be found in St. Andrew Parish, in the vicinity of Bawdens; it is to the east-northeast of Speightstown.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is chowing down on a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, which has a menu full of Bajan meals, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. La Salsa Restaurant & Bar and The Fish Pot offer additional refreshment choices nearby. At The Fish Pot you and your companions can try a bit of Mediterranean dishes and enjoy the local foods and culture of Barbados.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, should consider going to Farley Hill and Folkstone Marine Park; the second is 6.2 miles away from this nature preserve. Other nearby activities include Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station, which is about a hundred yards away St. Andrew Parish. You might want to also consider heading to St. Nicholas Abbey, which is another attraction nearby.

If a visit to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station Historic Site 0.1 mi. (5.7 km) S 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Speightstown
St. Nicholas Abbey Museum 0.7 mi. (6.4 km) N 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Speightstown
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill Historic Site 1.2 mi. (7.5 km) E 4.7 mi. East of Speightstown
St. Peter's Church Historic Site 3.6 mi. (0.2 km) WSW Speightstown
Arlington House Interactive Museum Museum 3.7 mi. (0.3 km) WSW Speightstown
Harrison Point Lighthouse Other Attraction 4.7 mi. (6.5 km) NW 4.0 mi. North of Speightstown
Animal Flower Cave GeoFeature 4.8 mi. (9.8 km) N 6.1 mi. North-Northeast of Speightstown
Flower Forest -- 5.5 mi. (5.0 km) SSE 3.1 mi. West-Southwest of Bathsheba

More Information

Hours

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and feeding time takes place at 2:00 p.m., which is an ideal time to visit because it is when you can guarantee you'll see the animals. Guide tours are available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Policies

Barbados Wildlife Reserve always reminds guests to move quietly. The animals that live in the refuge are not tame, and will be frightened from you if anything occurs that might startle them.

Cost

There is a fee of $11.75(USD) per adult and $5.87 per child aged three to 12 to enter the reserve. This amount goes towards the maintenance of the park.

Location: Farley Hill , St. Andrew Parish, Barbados

Phone

(246) 422-8826

(246) 422-8946

Website

http://www.barbados.org/reserve.htm#.URqVR2dtwrU

 

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