Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname

Wia Wia Nature Reserve

The Wia Wia Nature Reserve was established in 1966 by the Suriname's Forest Management. The reserve is 360 km² and is located in the district Marowijne, west of Galibi.

It was initially founded for its beach that was once an important breeding ground for sea turtles. Today, this reserve is no longer of value for turtles, because the beach is eroded. However, there are still a lot of rare shore birds in the area. Consider, for example, the familiar red ibis (Eudocimus ruber) observed in colonies in the wetlands of this protected area.