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Did you know that Jamaica Ranks 5th among the world islands in terms of endemic life? There are 28 species of birds, 830 flowering plants, 82 ferns, 27 reptiles, 21 amphibians, and 500 land snails that are only found in Jamaica. There are also a few species of bats and butterflies that are also endemic to Jamaica. A great place to come see the vast biodiversity of these endemic Jamaican species is The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and neighboring recreation area of Holywell.
The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is one of the largest migratory bird sites in the Caribbean and the only location where all of Jamaica’s unique or endemic bird species can be observed. Warblers, falcons, merlins and kingfishers are among the 120 species that retreat to Jamaica’s tropical forest each year to escape winter. Migratory birds join Jamaica’s 28 endemic birds in the national park and over 100 native species.
Ferns and Flowers
Cockpit Country is a great place where you can see 71 of Jamaica’s endemic plant species making it the #1 biodiversity hotspot in the Caribbean. You can take guided hikes through the forest for a more valuable learning experiences as well as participate in an underground caving adventure.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Endemic species of reptiles and amphibians can be found in the Blue and John Crow mountains as well as the Cockpit Country. Cockpit country is special in that it is home to 33endemic reptile species as well as 19 of the 21 endemic species of frogs in Jamaica.
If you’re a nature lover and keen to learn more about Jamaica’s rich biodiversity, a visit to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park or Cockpit Country are sure to provide exactly what you are looking for.