No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens – one of Georgetown’s popular recreation parks. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and a bandstand.
These gardens have a huge variety of tropical flowers and one of the finest collection of palms, as well as lovely lilies. An example of the gardens vast collection are the lotus and the immense Victoria Regia Lily, Guyana’s national flower.
The Guyana Zoo is also located within the Botanical Gardens and exhibits a variety of the world’s most impressive species of indigenous flora and fauna from the large and virgin rainforests of Guyana.
Some exciting representatives of these groups include the following species:
Mammals: jaguar, puma, tapir, giant otter, white faced saki monkey, capuchin monkey, tayra, a family of two-toed sloths and manatees.
Birds: eagles and hawks (raptors), parrots, toucans and owls.
Reptiles: rattlesnakes, spectacled caiman, anacondas, mata mata turtle, and emerald tree boa.
Some endangered species (animals with low population numbers in the wild) can also be found at the zoo. For example, harpy eagles, jaguars, a giant otter and West Indian manatees.
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