Calling all nature lovers! Barbados is home to a wide range of unique and interesting wildlife. During your visit, we are sure you’ll spot a few of these creatures around the island. So, to keep you in the know, Crane Concierge has put together a comprehensive round-up of Barbados’ unique wildlife:
The Green Monkey
The Green Monkey was introduced to Barbados from West Africa during the slave trade. Originally imported as pets, many escaped or were eventually released into the wild. Over the years, these monkeys have evolved to exhibit noticeably different characteristics from their West African ancestors – making them uniquely Bajan.
Today, these mischievous and inquisitive creatures can be found island-wide, particularly in the rural parishes where much of the Barbados’ natural vegetation and woodlands still exist. The Green Monkey’s thick coat of brownish grey fur is flecked with yellow and green highlights which render its overall appearance green in colour.
The Black Belly Sheep
As its name denotes, the Barbadian Black Belly Sheep has just that – a black belly. Similar in appearance to a goat, the Black Belly Sheep is actually referred to as a ‘hair sheep’ as it does not grow wool.
In addition to its distinctive belly, the Black Belly Sheep also features two black stripes down the front of its face, inside the eyebrows and down to the muzzle. The male black belly is also easily distinguishable from the female black belly by the coarse hair around its neck, and a long heavy mane below.
The Black Belly Sheep in Barbados is mainly reared for consumption and can be often found on dining tables island-wide in delicious stews and curries.
It’s a sign of good luck when one of these furry creatures runs across the road in front of you so be on the look-out!
Comparable to the weasel, the mongoose has a typically brown coat, long body, short legs and a bushy tail. Extremely wary of humans, the mongoose is very quick and is an impressive predator, preying on anything from lizards and frogs to chickens.