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

Set near the heart of St. Andrew Parish, 1.8 miles north-northwest of Bawdens, Barbados Wildlife Reserve happily welcomes local customers and visitors rooming in this area of Barbados. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. It's east-northeast of Speightstown.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of dining options to select from in the area nearby the nature preserve. Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, which serves Bajan fare, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Also within reach, you'll find restaurants like La Salsa Restaurant & Bar and The Fish Pot where you and your group will want to try a bite of Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy the Barbados scene.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, should consider Farley Hill and Folkstone Marine Park; which are both 6.2 miles to the south west of this wildlife reservation. Other nearby activities include Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station, which is about a hundred yards away St. Andrew Parish. Furthermore, you can think about visiting St. Nicholas Abbey, which is another attraction not far away.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in Barbados. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Barbados Wildlife Reserve.

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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