Trinidad Wildlife

Trinidad and Tobago animals are of various species with its geography having largely contributed to the islands rich wildlife.

Trinidad and Tobago is home to a little over 100 species of mammals, a large percentage of them being bats.

The White-Fronted Capuchin and the Red Howler are the country’s two native primate species while the Silky Anteater and the closely related Tamandua are two of the strangest creatures found in the Trinidad’s forests.

Trinidad & Tobago is also home to ocelots, crab-eating raccoons, river otters and the tayra, a member of the weasel family. Large plant eating mammals include the Red Brocket (a small deer), the wild pig-like Collared Peccary, and the endangered West Indian Manatee (found in the ecologically diverse Nariva Swamp on the east coast of Trinidad).

Other mammals include agoutis, pacas, squirrels, porcupines, armadillos and a few species of opossum. The Indian Mongoose was introduced during colonial times to mainly help to control the population of rats.

Orcas and pilot whales have been known to occur in the seas around Trinidad.