Native Nature ebook showcases stars of Endemic Animal Festival

MARIGOT–“St. Martin’s native animals may not be famous yet, but they deserve to be. They are a true showcase of what makes the island unique, and some of them are found nowhere else in the world,” says Association Les Fruit de Mers. “They’re also the stars of a new ebook titled Caribbean Curiosities: Native Nature and the upcoming Endemic Animal Festival.

“The free ebook tells six fascinating stories centred around different native animals, including bats, lizards, birds, fish and insects. It is illustrated with vibrant photos taken on the island. The ebook was written by Mark Yokoyama and released by the non-profit association Les Fruits de Mer. It can be downloaded from the Les Fruits de Mer website.”

Les Fruits de Mer also produces the annual Endemic Animal Festival, an event celebrating the animals that are found only on St. Martin, or only in our region. This year’s event will be held at Amuseum Naturalis, St. Martin’s only natural history museum. In addition to the museum’s regular exhibits, there will be a variety of other attractions during the festival, including an Endemic Animal Discovery Station and wildlife-themed art activities. The free, all-ages festival will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

To download Caribbean Curiosities: Native Nature and to learn more about the Endemic Animal Festival, visit Amuseum Naturalis is located at 96, Boulevard de Grand Case in Grand Case and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Les Fruits de Mer’s annual Endemic Animal Festival is a free public event for all ages that celebrates St. Martin/St. Maarten’s unique wildlife and natural heritage. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the animals that only live on this island or in our region.

The 2017 event features an Endemic Animal Discovery Station, a Club Gaïac seedling giveaway, local wildlife-themed art activities and more.

The festival is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: Hotel L’Esplanade, IGY Marinas, L’Esperance Hotel, The Scuba Shop, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Tri-Sport. For more information, visit:

Source: The Daily Herald