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horses in village

A drive into the bush in Barbuda is a wonderful opportunity to see animals in their own habitat, living mostly undisturbed. There are deer and wild boar, many wild donkeys and horses; large cattle that are brought in occasionally to be slaughtered for meat, and feral pigs, sheep and goats.

Cortrights deer

Wild boar are rarely seen except by local hunters and deer can only be seen sometimes running across the road at dusk. These pictures show deer in captivity. There are some opportunities to hunt with a local guide employed to take you, but as in most countries guns and hunting licences are very strictly controlled here, and hunting on Barbuda is done only for food – not for sport.

Barbuda’s small population, with large areas of undeveloped land and a pristine coastline interspersed with natural salt-ponds make it the perfect habitat for hundreds of species of sea birds and marine animals, many of them endangered in the Caribbean. The island is home to nesting sea turtles whose tracks can be seen in the sand and there are land turtles (tortoises) land crabs and many rare and interesting birds.