Dominica

Not for nothing is mountainous Dominica dubbed the “nature island” of the Caribbean. Its sheer slopes and elevation produce a unique climate system which has preserved pristine habitats and allowed the evolution of several endemic species. It is home to several endemic species of bird and reptile as well as the last remnants of pre colonial tribes – the Carib Indians.

Island ecosystems are incredibly sensitive to the threat of invasion and species introduction. I joined a team of Operation Walllacea scientists who are monitoring the island’s diversity as well as the impact of invasive species on the endemic inhabitants, including crayfish, birds and Anolis lizards. They are also conducting general surveys in order to ensure the continued protection of one of the most pristine islands in the Caribbean.

Thanks to all the scientists and students who made this short film possible.

A longer version of this film is privately available on request.