Make new friends at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve

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In the mahogany forests near Farley Hill National Park in St. Peter Parish, the Barbados Wildlife Reserve provides visitors with a rare glimpse into the natural environment of the island's most exotic creatures.

Unlike a zoo, the Wildlife Reserve features mainly free-range animals that come and go as they please, including the playful Barbados green monkeys. Other sightings range from caimans (alligators) and armadillos, to colourful parrots, flamingos, peacocks and pelicans. The park also features its share of resident reptiles, including giant tortoises, exotic snakes and scaly iguanas.

The best time to visit is in the afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., when the green monkeys typically descend on the feeding area. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with last admissions at 4 p.m.

Age group: age 3 and up