Turks and Caicos' Wonderful Wildlife

From verdant rainforests and caves to rivers and expansive bays, the islands are home to a rich array of wildlife and are a picture-perfect backdrop for your holiday memories. Turks and Caicos Islands are famous for conch, a sea-dwelling mollusc with a meaty texture, and the island is home to the world's only conch farms. The beauty of the coral reefs surrounding the islands is what will immediately catch your eye. These colourful corals are home to hundreds of species of marine life, such as leatherback and (more rarely) green turtles, stingrays, manatees and tropical fish. Inland you will see iguanas, frogs, and butterflies, as well as indigenous and migratory birds.

You will not even need your binoculars to see these graceful creatures in Turks and Caicos Islands; head to Flamingo Pond on North Caicos Island to see the largest flock of wild pink flamingos in the Caribbean. The regal flamingos wade the lake waters and the tidal flats on the south of the island, searching for crustaceans in the silty waters.

Bird and Butterfly Sightseeing
The salt ponds and inland marshes around the islands make holidays to Turks and Caicos popular for bird watching. Twelve quays are set aside as protected breeding grounds and there are 170 indigenous and migratory bird species here. You will see pearly-eyed thrashers, West Indian ospreys, mangrove cuckoos, Cuban crows and West Indian whistling ducks. Turks and Caicos is also home to numerous colourful butterflies that flit along the warm sea breezes. There are approximately 35 species here, including Caribbean buckeyes, gulf fritillarys and leafwings.

Whale Watching
Get up close and personal with the graceful humpback whales of the Caribbean on a whale watching tour. Every year between February and April whales migrate through the Turks Head passage (just past Salt Cay) toward the Dominican Republic for mating and birthing, then return toward Turks and Caicos. These graceful giants come from as far away as Iceland to breed and nurse their young in the warm tropical waters here. During this season, you will be able to see and hear the call of these whales and, if you're lucky, you will see mother whales with their young while you are scuba diving or snorkelling.

JoJo the Dolphin
JoJo is an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin that lives among the shallow waters around the Turks and Caicos Islands. This popular dolphin voluntarily interacts with humans, despite living in the wild. He is a national treasure to the people of the islands and has his own specially appointed warden to protect him.