The largest and most densely populated of the Dutch Caribbean’s six islands, Curaçao is about 444 square kilometers and is separated from mainland South America by a deep ocean trench. The island has a volcanic core, with a hilly and semi-arid landscape, and is rimmed by fossil coral reefs. Its size and variety of habitats give Curaçao the greatest diversity of wildlife of all the Dutch islands, and it is rich with rare and endemic plants and animals.

Bromeliads growing along the hiking trail in Mount Christoffel

(Bromelia lasiantha)

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kievit: SHAPE/DCNA

Nature Park Management
Partner Organization

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) is a non-profit foundation on the island of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean, established in 1955 as a marine research institute.

Contact information
For general questions
Tel: +(5999) 462-4242
Fax: +(5999) 462-7680

Visiting address
Piscaderabaai z/n
P.O. Box 2090
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Curaçao Key Species & Ecosystems

Curaçao White-tailed Deer

(Odocoileus virginianus curassavicus)

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kievit

Elkhorn coral

(Acropora palmata)

Photo credit: © Hans Leijnse (SHAPE/DCNA)

Christoffel Park

Photo credit:  © Henkjan Kievit: SHAPE/DCNA

Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird

(Chlorostilbon mellisugus)

Photo credit: © Hans Smulders

Northern crested caracara

(Caracara cheriway)

Photo credit:  © Marjolijn Lopes Cardozo (SHAPE/DCNA)

Photo credit:  © Christian König: SHAPE/DCNA

Blue Parrotfish

(Scarus coeruleus)

Photo credit:  ©


Photo credit:  © Henkjan Kievit: SHAPE/DCNA

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird

(Chrysolampis mosquitus)

Photo credit: © Hans Smulders

Hawksbill turtle

(Eretmochelys imbricata)

Photo credit:  © Brenda Kirkby

Roughbark lignum-vitae

(Guaiacum officinale)

Photo credit: ©

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