Animals in the Portland Bight Protected Area are numerous - many are found nowhere else in the world! Unfortunately there are many non-native and destructive species too.
These images were captured by motion-activated camera "traps" installed by the Jamaican Iguana Recovery Group for monitoring wildlife in the Hellshire Hills. Click on the photo to expand.
The native, endemic, and threatened Jamaican Coney (Geocapromys brownii) is active mostly at night, so often hard to see. They are very social animals and usually live in groups. They eat plants and are important seed dispersers in the Hellshire forest.
Non-native mammals are extremely destructive in the Portland Bight Protected Area. Feral pigs, cats, dogs, and the introduced Indian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) are a threat to native plants and animals.