Furry, Feathered, 4-Legged, No-Legged Citizens of Barbados: Part 2Shana Jones May 29, 2017
A friend recently shared a link to one of those tucked-away, lesser-known spots that proves itself to be a definite must-see. The Facebook pictures of nervous hands holding scaly reptiles for the camera and children’s faces bunched around feeding animals truly make it one such place. So last month, I packed the godchildren into the car and we ventured off to MariZayra’s Sanctuary in a quiet pocket of St. Philip on Barbados‘ southeast coast. On the balmy drive past ever-decreasing civilization into the country, we speculated about what we might see at the sanctuary. The conversation was mostly punctuated with high-pitched exclamations of “I’m not touching that!”
At the sanctuary, tour guide Rashane Estwick met us with a welcoming smile and ushered us onto a path of recycled bricks (from the historic Sam Lord’s Castle) through the Edenesque entryway. A symphony of gurgling water, intermittent shrieking, and the growing volume of The Lion King soundtrack in the background made it feel like we were walking out onto a savannah somewhere in the wilds of the African continent. In these “wilds”, we would encounter everything from tortoises and rabbits to iguanas and lab rats to one GARGANTUAN centipede (oh yes, there’s a video!). From goat mouths anxiously awaiting food out of little hands to snakes curled around my wrist to a male peacock’s feathers fanned out in colourful glory to one VERY hyper green monkey, Rashane offered fun and interesting facts on each animal while easily balancing the barrage of questions and comments. It would be a day of being scared, grossed out, intrigued, amazed, etc. Join us on the adventure below!
DUCKS AND GEESE ENJOYING A DAY AT THE POOL
MALE PEACOCKS ATTRACT FEMALES BY SPREADING AND SHAKING THEIR FEATHERS.
THE VIBRATING “EYES” ARE WHAT ATTRACTS MRS. RIGHT!
THE STING OF A CENTIPEDE IS STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND
EVEN DEATH IN SOME PEOPLE. THIS LARGE ONE WAS FOUND RIGHT HERE IN ST. PHILIP!
THE BLUE AND GOLD MACAW HAS A VERY LOW IQ BUT VERY STRONG JAWS: THEY
HAVE A CRUSHING FORCE OF 1800 PSI. THIS MACAW IS CRACKING AN ALMOND SHELL.
animals, nature, sightseeing