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Emperor Valley Zoo Species

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Amongst the various animal species, local and foreign, at the zoo birds dominate, approximating 40% of all the Emperor Valley Zoo species. They are followed by reptiles and amphibians, fishes, mammals and then by invertebrates. Alien species, some recently added, are the giraffe, Bengal tigers, African lions, chimpanzees, mandrill, and others.

Amongst native bird species are: the American white ibis, black-bellied whistling-duck, blue-and-yellow macaw, black-throated mango, blue-headed parrot, brown pelican, carib grackle, channel-billed toucan, cocrico or rufous-vented chachalaca (representing Tobago on the Trinidad and Tobago Coat of Arms), common barn owl, common black hawk, golden-headed manakin, purple honeycreeper, savanna hawk, scarlet ibis (another bird on the Trinidad and Tobago Coat of Arms, representing Trinidad), tropical mockingbird, turkey vulture and white-bearded manakin.

The collared peccary or quenk, crab eating raccoon, pallas's long-tongued bat, neotropical river otter, nine-banded armadillo, ocelot (the Trinidad population has dwindled considerably their number is estimated at less than 400), red brocket deer, Guyanan red howler (monkey), tayra and white-fronted capuchin are some of the local mammal species on exhibit. Some representative reptiles are the fer-de-lance or mapepire balsain (a poisonous snake), green anaconda, water mapepire, spectacled caiman and the tegu lizard (gold tegu or matte).


Reptiles and Amphibians Birds Mammals Fishes Invertebrates

Reptile & Amphibian Species

Scientific NameCommon Name
Geochelone sulcataAfrican spurred tortoise
Corallus enydris enydrisAmazon tree boa
Crocodylus acutusAmerican crocodile
Bufo beebeiBeebei toad (Native)
Melanosuchus nigerBlack caiman
Boa constrictorBoa constrictor, macajuel
Python molurus bivittatusBurmese rock python - Albino
Lampropeltis getula californiaeCalifornia kingsnake
Epicrates cenchria maurusColombian rainbow boa, rainbow snake
Chelydra serpentina serpentinaCommon snapping turtle
Corallus ruschenbergeriiCook's tree boa, cascabel dormillon,
Elaphe guttataCornsnake, red ratsnake
Sistrurus miliarius barbouriDusky pygmy rattlesnake
Leptodeira annulata ashmeadiFalse mapepire, cat-eyed night snake (Native)
Hydrodynastes gigasFalse water cobra
Bothrops atroxFer-de-lance, mapepire balsain (Native)
Eunectes murinus gigasGreen anaconda, huille
Mastigodryas boddaertiMachete couresse (Native)
Polychrus marmoratusMany coloured bush anole, twenty four hours (Native)
Crotalus viridisPrairie ratttelsnake, western rattlesnake
Bitis arietansPuff adder
Pseudoboa neuwiediiRatonel, ratonero (Native)
Trachemys scripta elegansRed-eared slider turtle
Geochelone carbonariaRed-footed tortoise, Antillean tortoise (Native)
Cyclura cornutaRhinoceros iguana, mona iguana
Kinosternon scorpioidesScorpion mud turtle, hinged galap (Native)
Podocnemis expansaSouth American turtle, arrau turtle, Orinoco turtle
Caiman crocodilusSpectacled caiman (Native)
Rhinoclemmys punctulariaSpot-legged turtle, common galap (Native)
Pipa pipaSurinam toad (Native)
Tupinambis teguixinTegu lizard, gold tegu, matte (Native)
Tupinambis nigropunctatusTegu lizard, salipenta
Spilotes pullatus pullatusTigre ratsnake, tigre, tropical chicken snake (Native)
Phyllomedusa trinitatisTrinidad monkey frog, Trinidad leaf frog (Native)
Amphisbaena albaTwo headed snake, white worm lizard, bachac snake
Hydrops triangularis neglectusWater coral (Native)
Helicops angulatusWater mapepire, brown-banded water snake (Native)
Crotalus atroxWestern diamondback rattlesnake
Pseustes sulphureus sulphureusYellow bellied Amazon puffing snake (Native)
Geochelone denticulataYellow-footed tortoise (Native)

Bird Species

Scientific NameCommon Name
Psittacus erithacusAfrican grey parrot
Eudocimus albusAmerican white ibis (Native)
Barnardius zonariusAustralian ringneck, Port Lincoln parrot
Lorius loryBlack capped lory
Dendrocygna autumnalisBlack-bellied whistling duck (Native)
Pionites melanocephalaBlack-headed caique
Anthracothorax nigricollisBlack-throated mango (Native)
Ara araraunaBlue and gold macaw, blue and yellow macaw (Native)
Chlorostilbon notatusBlue-chinned sapphire (Native)
Pionus menstruusBlue-headed parrot (Native)
Cochlearius cochleariusBoat-billed heron (Native)
Pelecanus occidentalisBrown pelican (Native)
Melopsittacus undulatusBudgerigar
Quiscalus lugubrisCarib grackle (Native)
Ramphastos vitellinusChannel-billed toucan (Native)
Nymphicus hollandicusCockatiel
Ortalis ruficaudaCocrico, rufous-vented chachalaca (Native)
Tyto albaCommon barn owl (Native)
Buteogallus anthracinusCommon black hawk (Native)
Colinus cristatusCrested bobwhite
Emblema guttataDiamond firetail finch, diamond sparrow
Pionus fuscusDusky parrot
Platycercus eximiusEastern rosella
Glaucidium brasilianumFerruginous pygmy-owl
EstrildidaeFinches
Dendrocygna bicolorFulvous whistling duck (Native)
Pipra erythrocephalaGolden-headed manakin (Native)
Ara chloropteraGreen-winged macaw, red & blue winged macaw
Sporophila intermediaGrey seedeater, picoplat (Native)
Leptodon cayanensisGrey-headed kite (Native)
Aramides cajaneaGrey-necked wood rail (Native)
Numida meleagrisHelmeted guinea fowl
Pavo cristatusIndian peafowl, peacock
Anas platyrhynchosMallard (Native)
Poephila personataMasked grassfinch
Amazona farinosaMealy parrot
Amazona amazonicaOrange-winged amazon parrot (Native)
Patagioenas cayennensisPale-vented pigeon (Native)
Agapornis roseicollisPeach-faced lovebird
Anatidae spp.Pilgrim goose
Phoenicopterus ruberPink flamingo (Native)
Cyanerpes caeruleusPurple honeycreeper (Native)
Paroaria gularis nitrogenisRed capped cardinal (Native)
Ara manilataRed-bellied macaw
Deroptyus accipitrinusRed-fan parrot
Columbina talpacotiRuddy ground dove (Native)
Buteogallus meridionalisSavanna hawk (Native)
Eudocimus ruberScarlet ibis (Native)
Ara macaoScarlet macaw (Native)
Euphonia violaceaSemp, violaceous euphonia (Native)
Poephila acuticaudaShaft tail finch, Long tail finch
Buteo brachyurusShort-tailed hawk (Native)
Gallus spp.Silky bantams
Ramphocelus carboSilver-beaked tanager (Native)
Pulsatrix perspicillataSpectacled owl (Native)
Mimus gilvusTropical mockingbird (Native)
Otus cholibaTropical screech owl
Cathartes auraTurkey vulture (Native)
Tangara mexicanaTurquoise tanager (Native)
Streptopelia turturTurtle dove
Leucopternis albicollisWhite hawk (Native)
Lonchura striataWhite rumped mannikin
Manacus manacusWhite-Bearded manakin (Native)
Anas bahamensisWhite-cheeked pintail (Native)
Tachyphonus rufusWhite-lined tanager (Native)
Ramphastos tucanusWhite-throated toucan, Red-billed toucan
Cairina moschataWild muscovy duck (Native)
Amazona oratrixYellow-headed parrot
Amazona ochrocephalaYellow-crowned Amazon parrot, Yellow-fronted Amazon (Native)
Milvago chimachimaYellow-headed caracara (Native)
Amazona barbadensisYellow-shouldered amazon
Poephila guttataZebra finch

Mammal Species

Scientific NameCommon Name
Panthera leoAfrican lion
Panthera tigris tigrisBengal tiger
Dasyprocta leporinaBrazilian agouti (Native)
Hydrochaeris hydrochaerisCapybara
Equus caballusChestnut gelding thoroughbred horse
Pan troglodytesChimpanzee
Tayassu tajacuCollared peccary, quenk (Native)
Saimiri sciureusCommon squirrel monkey
Procyon cancrivorus cancrivorusCrab eating raccoon (Native)
Pteronura brasiliensisGiant otter
Giraffa camelopardalisGiraffe
Marmosa mitis chapmani/fuscata carriGreater/lesser Trinidadian murine opossum (Native)
Chlorocebus aethiopsGreen monkey, vervet monkey
Herpailurus yaguarondiJaguarundi
Potos flavusKinkajou
Mandrillus sphinxMandrill
Lontra longicaudisNeotropical river otter (Native)
Dasypus novemcinctusNine-banded armadillo (Native)
Leopardus pardalisOcelot (Native)
Agouti pacaPaca, lappe
Glassophaga soricinaPallus's long-tongued bat (Native)
Coendou prehensilisPrehensile-tailed porcupine (Native)
Mazama americana (trinitatis)Red brocket deer (Native)
Alouatta seniculusGuyanan red howler (monkey)(Native)
Tapirus terrestrisSouth American tapir
Eira BarbaraTayra (Native)
Cebus albifrons trinitatisTrinidad white-fronted capuchin (Native)
Cebus apellaTufted capuchin, brown capuchin
Ateles hybridusVariegated spider monkey, brown spider monkey
Phacochoerus africanusWart hog
Cebus albifronsWhite-fronted capuchin, brown pale-fronted capuchin
Equus quagga Zebra (Plains zebra)

Invertebrate Species

Scientific NameCommon Name
Macrobrachium sp.Crayfish, freshwater prawn
Scolopendra giganteaGiant centipede, Amazonian giant centipede
Avicularia aviculariaPink toed tarantula
Psalmopoeus cambridgeiTrinidad chevron tarantula (Endemic)

Fish species

Scientific NameCommon Name
Labeotropheus sp.African cichlid
Megalops atlanticusAtlantic tarpon, silver king
Gymnotus carapoBanded knifefish (Native)
Colossoma macropomumBlack finned pacu, tambaqui, pacu
Poecilia sphenopsBlackfish molly
Corydoras aeneusBronze catfish, pui pui (Native)
Hoplosternum littoraleCascadura (Native)
Centropomus undecimalisCommon snook
Geophagus jurupariDemon cichlid
Triportheus elongatusElongate hatchetfish
Hemigrammus unilineatusFeatherfin tetra (Native)
Gobius cobitisGiant goby
Sicydium punctatumGoby (Native)
Carassius auratusGoldfish
Lutjanus griseusGrey snapper
Pyrrhulina laetaHalfbanded pyrrhulina, Pencilfish
Roeboides dayiHunchbacked characin, glass sardine (Native)
Pangasius hypophthalmusIrridescent shark
Poecilia pictaMolly (Native)
Syngnathidae sp.Pipefish
Cichlasoma labiatumRed devil cichlid
Oreochromis nilotcusRed tilapia
Erythrinus erythrinusRed wolffish (Native)
Gasteropelecus sterniclaRiver hatchetfish, common hatchetfish (Native)
Metynnis hypsauchenSilver dollar
Hoplias malabaricusSouth American wolf fish (Native)
Copeina arnoldiSplash tetra
Leporinus fasciatusStriped leporinus
Pseudoplatystoma fasciatumTiger catfish
Astronotus ocellatusTiger oscar
Barbonymus schwanenfeldiiTinfoil barb
Astyanax bimaculatusTwo spot astynax, two spot tetra (Native)
Crenicichla saxatilisWhitespotted pike cichlid, Ringtail pike cichlid (Native)
Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatusYarrow, golden trahira (Native)
Synbranchus marmoratusZange, marbled swamp eel (Native)

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