Tobago Forest Reserve
The Tobago Forest Reserve (Main Ridge Reserve) is the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere and is biodiverse. It was designated a protected Crown reserve on 17 April 1776 after representations by Soame Jenyns, a Member of Parliament in Britain responsible for Tobago's development. It has remained a protected area since.
This forested area has great biodiversity, including many species of birds (such as the dancing blue-backed manakin), mammals, frogs, (non-venomous) snakes, butterflies, and other invertebrates. It is one of the most approachable areas of rainforest since it is relatively small and there are government-appointed guides who provide an authoritative guiding service through the forest at a reasonable cost. The guides are knowledgeable about the plants and the animals and can call down rare and exotic birds from the canopy by imitating their calls.