Destination – Dominican Republic!

Canopy Watch International heads to the Dominican Republic in April for our first canopy expedition! Let’s start with a fact sheet.

Hispaniola is the second largest island in the Caribbean, after Cuba. Two countries are found on Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The size of Hispaniola is 29,418 square miles (76,192 square kilometers). For comparison, if Hispaniola were a state in the USA, 40 states would be larger, and only 10 smaller.

Only about 30% remains of the original forests that once covered the Dominican Republic. Just in the period between 2001 and 2010, about 9,653 square miles (25,000 km2) of forest were lost.

Lush tropical forest in Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic.  Photo from Atlas de Biodiversidad y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana.
Lush tropical forest in Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic. Photo from Atlas de Biodiversidad y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana.

Hispaniola is home to 32 endemic bird species found only on this island and nowhere else in the world. Thirty-one species are found in the Dominican Republic. Click here for a list of endemics, and at the bottom of that page is a link to all birds of the island.

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