Tobago | Corbin Local Wildlife Park | Animal Enclosures Tour

Surrounded by gentle hills and valleys overlooking the sea at Hope Bay, and situated in 20 acres of beautiful forest, Corbin Local Wildlife is a hidden gem. Plentiful fruit trees and flowers attract all kinds of native wildlife – plantain, sugarcane, mango trees and wild heliconia are abundant, to name but a few.

Wild caiman sunbathe on the banks of the park’s lily ponds, sally painters dash along the many trails and agoutis hop through the bushes. The park is a treasure-trove for birdwatchers – attracting hummingbirds, manakins, herons, mot-mots and jacamars.

In addition to the wild animals, the large enclosures in the park house many rescued and threatened species. It provides a protected area, with diverse habitats, essential for the preservation of Tobago’s native creatures. This safe environment, away from hunters, allows animals to breed and babies to be released into the forest when they are ready – protecting the natural wildlife which is under threat on the island.

Top Five Birds

  1. Blue-backed Manikin
  2. Red-crowned Woodpecker
  3. White-Fringed Antwren
  4. Red-legged Honeycreeper
  5. Crested Orenpendola

Ethics

At Terra Incognita we support tours that do good in the world. They must help to conserve the environment, support local people, and educate their guests. Here’s what Ian Wright from Corbin Local Wildlife said to us…

What conservation activities do you support through the tour, and your wider operations?

Our breed and release strategy involves captive breeding of specific species which are either endangered or have completely disappeared in Tobago but still exist in Trinidad. This will culminate in a planned program of release under carefully controlled conditions, in specific protected regions. The program will be carried out under the advice and planning of relevant local experts and the released animals will be monitored through tracking devices to determine the survival rate and whether they can establish themselves effectively and reproduce.

How does the tour support local people?

The guided tours within the wildlife park allow the visitors the rare opportunity to experience Tobago’s wildlife close up while receiving important information about the essential roles the animals play in the fragile biodiverse ecosystem we all need to survive in.

What type of environmental education activities do you incorporate into your tour?

A securely fenced 5-acre wildlife park that includes animal enclosures designed to both exhibit local animals and serve as breeding units. Successful offspring are being released in to the secure 5-acre park. The wildlife park is proving to be an important visitor attraction and education resource for schools. Visitors, both local and international tourists, and students, come not only to view the animals but to experience the wealth of biodiversity along the nature trails throughout the surrounding forests.

The animal enclosures and caiman ponds tour takes approximately 1-2 hours and can be tailored to your requirements. You will get up close to Tobago wildlife as you’ve never seen it before! You’ll see tatoos (armadillos), boa constrictors, mango snakes, iguanas, manicous, sally painters, agoutis and squirrels in large enclosures within native forest. The tour includes two ponds containing lilies, fish, frogs and our resident caiman, Cillian. This experience gives a real flavour of the local landscape as well as its wildlife.

Reviews

“The enthusiasm of both Roy and Ian is infectious. They have created this project from a total passion towards wildlife and that is so obvious. Guests were amazed by the variety of birds present and the density of forest and beautiful walks make the entire experience rich, diverse and uplifting.

The fact that Roy was a hunter and is now turned conservationist is very inspiring. The mix of animals and the vision of their future is wonderful.

If you are considering this tour, you will not be sorry and you will look at Tobago with new knowledge afterwards.” Mélanie – Jan 2018.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

 “Choosing a memorable moment is hard as there is an incredible diversity of birds species here. The sound of so many bird songs in the forest is magical, from the whistle of the blue-backed manakin to the low hoot of the blue-crowned motmot, although sometimes both are drowned out by the screeching of orange-winged parrots. Everywhere you can hear the low hum of hummingbird wings and high in the sky the screech of the black hawk. If I had to choose one memorable moment it was when our local tour guide Roy Corbin whistled to the motmots and they responded to him.

Our guide Roy Corbin grew up on the land the tour covers and has known it since he was a small boy, so his knowledge comes from a deep and long-term connection with the place and its flora and fauna. His stories about growing up with the many birds found in Tobago are full of humorous anecdotes as well as detailed scientific knowledge. His enthusiasm and love for the environment is obvious and infectious. In this time of mass-extinction this nature reserve is creating an important oasis for native species to thrive.

Corbin Local Wildlife caters to local school groups as well as visiting tourists, and it plays a key role in educating Tobagans about the forest and its wildlife. The forest walk takes you along small trails through the rainforest so it’s good to wear strong sandals or shoes. Hand-crafted walking sticks are available if you need them, and there are plenty of benches to sit on and rest. If it does rain then you can shelter in the hand-built wooden school-house or rustic bird shelter. Give yourself plenty of time for the tour and ask lots of questions – you will want to hear lots of Roy’s stories”. Chris Wright – Forest Walk – Mason Hall, Tobago August 2018.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

“My most memorable moment was sitting in the upper bird hide watching over the canopy as the jacomars and hummingbirds flitted through the canopy, knowing that the reserve has established much of this forest themselves over the past 10 years.

This operator stands out because of their ethical motivation for conservation: establishing the reserve and reforesting the land, bringing in rescued animals so that schoolchildren can learn about their ecology and the importance of a health ecosystem (and the need to stop eating bushmeat) and the outreach to local communities.

The Corbin Wildlife Reserve is a very beautiful and tranquil place to visit, it is a piece of paradise, and the hosts (Roy Corbin and Ian Wright) are wonderfully warm, knowledgeable and funny. Both the people and place are incredibly inspiring.” Anja Murray – Corbin Wildlife Reserve, Tobago March 2018.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

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Contact

Tour Operator | Corbin Local Wildlife
Contact Name | Ian Wright
Contact Email | [email protected]
Website | http://www.tobagowildlife.com/
Tour | http://www.tobagowildlife.com/visit/

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