If you’ve ever wondered what an agouti looks like, you’ll find out at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
Along with these cute forest-dwelling rodents you’ll see deer, armadillos, iguanas, monkeys, flamingos and peacocks. The open reserve presents animals in their natural environment, and the reserve’s hordes of Barbados green monkeys are free to come and go as they please.
It’s a good idea to time your visit for around 2pm, when the animals emerge from the surrounding forest to be fed. After you’ve visited the reserve, drop into the adjacent Grenade Hall forest for views from the signal station, as entry is included in your ticket.
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is north of Cheltenham in the parish of St. Peter, near the northern tip of the island.
The reserve takes up 4 acres (1.5 hectares) of tropical mahogany forest.