Park is located on Great Inagua, the southern-most island
in The Bahamas. Established in 1963, Inagua National
Park encompasses 287 square miles of raw,
tropical island beauty. The Park is the
site of the largest breeding colony of West Indian Flamingos in the world. This national bird of The Bahamas now numbers
approximately 50,000 on Inagua after having made a forty-year journey back from
the edge of extinction.
addition to its flamingos, Inagua is also famous for its salt. Wind swept and with precious little rainfall,
Inagua is a natural salt producing island, so much so the Morton Salt Company
has been in full operation there for over fifty years. Morton Salt now harvests one million tons of
salt per year from the extensive pans on the island.
interior gives way to Lake Windsor and it is here, among the cays and mangrove
stands that herons, egrets, spoonbills, pelicans and many other birds can be
found. A multitude of avifauna resides
and/or winter in Inagua and the island truly is a birdwatcher's haven.
Size: 183,740 Acres
Wildlife: While the environment of Inagua may be hostile to human habitation, it is perfect for birds and other wildlife. Many people travel to the southernmost island to see flamingos, but are surprised and delighted to see a multitude of other birds and wildlife as well. The native Bahama parrot, the endemic Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird, White Cheeked Pintails, Brown Pelicans, Tri-colored herons, Snowy egrets, Reddish egrets, Western Spindalis, Cormorants, Roseeate Spoonbills, American kestrels, and Burrowing owls abound in the Park’s interior. Birds however are not the Parks only treasure. Wild Donkeys trot amongst the mangroves, freshwater terrapins inhabit the ponds, and bonsai forests grace its interior.
Repopulation: The success of the Inagua National Park is evident in the repopulating of other Caribbean islands by the Inagua population. Scientists are aware of the connection between Cuba and Inagua as well as healthy flamingo colonies on the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Cayman as well as then repopulating of Crooked Island and Acklins Island by the Inagua flamingos.