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Santo Domingo offers a large variety of fruits and vegetables typically tropical such as pineapple, mango, avocado, coconut, banana and plantain fruit.
Not to mention tobacco and yucca (tapioca). You can also find breadfruit, cocoa, coffee, tayota, guayaba, papaya, zapote and delicious passion fruit. Of course, one can not speak of the Dominican flora and not mention the sugar cane.
Other flowers: bougainvillea, hibiscus, orchids, etc.. there are also many species of trees such as the mahogany, of course the magnificent flamboyant royal palms and coconut trees, not to mention the ceiba.
Among all the mammals, the humpback whale is undoubtedly the most impressive.
Manatees also live in the waters of the Dominican Republic. These gentle mammals have been mistaken for mermaids, probably because of their singing and ... their bulging chest. Today, they are classified as endangered species.
Sea and freshwater turtles are also protected here. The solenodon, small mammal like marsupilami, is a species also native to the island. Similarly, many iguanas and the smallest boa constrictor in the world (1.50 m) live there. In the south-west, the crocodile reserve of Lake Enriquillo is worth a visit (you can also find the rare iguana "rhinoceros").
On the other hand, thousands of pelicans, frigate birds, hawks and kite birds, waders as white as snow, garzas and thousands of flamingos reside quietly in the various national parks. Approximately 112 species of resident and migratory birds live on the island.
Many national parks were created to preserve the flora and fauna of the Dominican Republic, including:
Jaragua (1374 km ²), Haitises (1200 km ²), the Sierra de Baoruco (800 km ²), Armando Bermudez (766 km ²), Jose del Carmen Ramirez (764 km ²), Montecristi (530 km ²) and the Parque del Este (420 km ²).
The natural reserves, such as the whale sanctuary in the Banco de la Plata and the Samana Bay, a total area of over 10 000 km ² (20% of the country's surface), are controlled by a military agency, the Directorate of national parks.
Various excursions are organized to visit some of these wonders: Enriquillo Haitises, Montecristi, Pico Duarte, the Parque del Este, Saona Island, and whale watching.
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