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Beautiful The Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is a nature resort and scientific research station in the Arima Valley of the Northern Range in Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre is one of the top birdwatching spots in the Caribbean; a total of 159 species of birds have been recorded there. The Centre is owned by a non-profit trust. The major properties are the Spring Hill Estate and the adjacent William Beebe Tropical Research Station (also known as Simla), which was established by William Beebe as a tropical research station for the New York Zoological Society. Beebe bought the 'Verdant Vale' estate in 1949 and named it after Simla in India, which he had visited in 1910.[ Both properties had previously been cacao estates but contained large stands of original rainforest. The owners of the Spring Hill Estate, Newcombe and Asa Wright, hosted many visiting scientists in the 1950s and '60s, including the noted ornithologists David Snow and Barbara Snow, who made detailed studies of the Oilbirds and the very complex courtship dances of the White-bearded Manakin and the Golden-headed Manakin. The Wrights' home became internationally renowned for its easy access to wildlife (especially the Oilbird colonies in the nearby Dunston Cave, and large numbers of hummingbirds). After the death of Newcombe Wright in 1967, the Spring Hill Estate was acquired by a non-profit trust. Asa Wright continued to live at the Centre until her death in 1971. In 1974, the New York Zoological Society donated Simla to the trust Fort King George tops the list of historical Tobago attractions and can be found atop a hill overlooking the scenic capital of Scarborough. Besides offering insight into the history of Tobago, Fort King George also rewards its visitors with some supreme views of Scarborough and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s easy to see why the British built Fort King George where they did, as it provides for quite a strategic vantage point. No visit to Scarborough would be complete without a trip up to this most historic site in Tobago, so you’ll want to set aside at least a few hours to enjoy it. The drums were developed on the Caribbean island of Trinidad during the early years of the 20th century. Old rubbish tins, car parts and stolen garbage can lids formed the first "Iron Bands", which led to the realization that a dented section of a barrel head could produce a musical tone. Careful refinement of this amazing discovery produced the modern Steel Drum instrument and the large orchestral Steel Drum Bands, a deserved source of great national pride! Buccoo Reef has been named one of the spectacular sights to behold in the world, so what better reason to visit? This 2 1/2 hour journey from Scarborough will take you to this natural wonder, where even non-swimmers will delight in the underwater world with a glass bottom boat ride. The island of tranquil Tobago, whose famous "Buccoo Reef" was visited by Jacques Cousteau, has many breathtaking views for photographic opportunities. Cousteau rated Tobago's Buccoo Reef as the number three spectacular sight to behold in the world. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is an official wildlife reserve in Trinidad and Tobago and is part of what is more commonly called the Caroni Swamp. The swamp is a relatively large wetland in the west of the island of Trinidad, roughly between Port of Spain and Chaguanas.There may be some who might believe that Caroni is “South” Trinidad, but if you look at the map, it’s in the Northern half of the island. Those of us from south of the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway* tend to regard Caroni as Central Trinidad – even though much of it is decidedly North. But enough of my pet-peeve regarding Trini geography. The Caroni Swamp is essentially the wetland formed where the Caroni River meets the Gulf of Paria. Caroni River is the largest** in Trinidad and is most famous for floods. The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest of all living sea turtles and the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh. Dermochelys coriacea is the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae.Trinidad is one of its few nesting grounds.They nest in Grand Riviere,South Trinidad Carnival The Trinidad Carnival is by far the most significant festival in Trinidad and Tobago. It has evolved over the past two centuries from an elegant, exclusive affair to a truly all-inclusive national festival. In order to fully understand the process of acculturation, assimilation and cultural persistence, it is necessary to examine the complex historical, social, cultural and political contexts which gave birth to this national celebration.
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