La Visite National Park (Haiti)

La Visite National Park (Haiti)

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:51
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La Visite National Park is located in an upland area that includes several mountains in southern Haiti, south of Port-au-Prince and has both pine and hardwood forests. It is the smaller of the two national parks of Haiti with a fragile pocket of biodiversity that remains endangered.

La Visite National Park is located in southern Haiti, about 22 km (14 miles) south of Port-au-Prince. The park covers approximately 11,419 ha (28,217 acres) of land with 1,897 ha (4,687 acres) above 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in elevation, and consists mainly of pine forest, grasslands, and some montane broadleaf forest at an altitude above 1,700 m (5,600 ft).

The park is within the same large mountain range (Massif de la Selle) as Morne La Selle and has both pine and hardwood forests, although it has some species that are unique, not shared with Morne La Selle.

La Viste is the smaller of the two national parks of Haiti (the other being Grande Colline National Park) yet has a sizable diversity of vertebrates including 17 species of frogs, 18 species of reptiles and 74 species of birds. A number of threatened species, including some endemic to the island of Hispaniola, can be seen in the park.

Despite being a national park and ongoing efforts to manage the threats, this fragile pocket of biodiversity is endangered.