The Dutch Caribbean is home to a large variety of rare and exotic life. There are over 200 endemic plants and animals in the Leeward islands alone that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

75 globally endangered or vulnerable species are still present on the islands, including trees, snakes, sea turtles, birds, whales and fish. These species are facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium to near future (as defined by IUCN’s red list criteria).

Many of these species are protected by local and international law.

Browse through categories below to learn more about the important species found on and around our islands. In this database you can learn about the species physical description, diet, reproduction behaviour, range, habitat, status on the islands, conservation status, local names and interesting facts.

Search the database from the search field at the top of the page or to read more detailed accounts about Dutch Caribbean species, be sure to check out our Species in the Spotlight blog.