Animals in Suriname

During your stay at Knini Paati River Resort you will participate in various excursions that bring you to locations in the area. A number of these activities focus on the flora and fauna of the Upper Suriname area. Already during the ride from Paramaribo to Atjoni, which takes you right through the Surinamese jungle, it is already worthwhile to look at the treetops and the landscape. Who knows, maybe you see a hare passing by, or the indigenous blue butterfly, the morpho menelaus, or a sloth nibbling on a leaf of the wild papaya tree …
It is teeming with wild life in the jungle of Suriname, but not always will it show itself. However, the local population lives in harmony with nature and that might possibly mean that during a village walk, one of our excursions, you can see exotic 'pets' such as toucans, capuchin monkeys, the cute silk monkeys,
sloths, forest pigs or macaws.¬†On Kninipaati itself there are no large wild animals because they live on the mainland and further away in the jungle. Sometimes the island gets a visit from a small monkey colony that has found its location on a nearby island. And the ‘house iguana’, quite large, can occasionally pop its head. In addition, we have Lala the pet macaw, after whom the Alala Bar in the restaurant is named.
We also offer the possibility to spot caimans in the evenings. This exciting nightly boat is special and, besides the diversity of nocturnal animals, also shows the qualities of the local boatmen who can navigate well in the dark, with only the aid of moonlight and a small flash light, between the rocks in the river. Nine times out of ten, because of their knowledge and trained eye, they will also be the first t indicate where a caiman or snake can be seen.
In this area hunting is not a sport or entertainment. The locals hunt for specific animals such as deer and hares and only for what is needed for their daily diet. Fishing is done everyday and often enough, guests go to work together with the guide to take care of freshly caught fish for the evening meal or as a tasty snack in between!
The diversity of flora and fauna is very special and immense. Did you know that one of the loudest sounds in the jungle is made by an animal that is not much bigger than your thumb? Maybe you will see this little creature during your visit to Knini Paati River Resort!

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