Morne Diablotin National Park

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Morne Diablotins, the largest volcano on Dominica, is located within Morne Diablotin National Park.

Morne Diablotin National Park is a national park in the northern mountain ranges of Dominica, an island nation in the Caribbean. The park comprises 8,242 acres, amounting to 4.4% of the nation's area.[1] It was established in January 2000, primarily to protect the habitat of the endangered sisserou parrot, an endemic bird species that is a national symbol of Dominica.[1]

The park is home to 1,447-meter high Morne Diablotin, the tallest mountain on the island and the second highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles.[2]

During the 18th century, the land was home to at least six different encampments of escaped slaves. Dr. John Imray, a Scottish physician, completed the first recorded scaling of Morne Diablotin in 1867.[2] Today, the park is home to 18 different avian species.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Earth Almanac: A Parrot's Friends Dig Deep to Help Save It", National Geographic, 198 (2), August 2000 
  2. ^ a b O'Keefe, M. Timothy (2001), Caribbean Hiking: A Hiking and Walking Guide to Thirty of the Most Popular Islands, Celtcom, Inc., pp. 100–101, ISBN 0-89732-412-9 
  3. ^ "Morne Diablotin National Park." Sites – Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

Coordinates: 15°30′N 61°24′W / 15.500°N 61.400°W / 15.500; -61.400