Aruba, a rock in the Caribbean Sea, is especially known for its pleasant climate, long pristine white beaches and its casino's. But Aruba has more to offer. Aruba is the home of a great number of plants and animals that make this island not only a great place to relax and enjoy the nightlife, but also a joy for nature lovers.
The plants that are native to Aruba are very well adapted to the extreme circumstances that are prevalent here. Some species have, for example, small or leather-like leaves to resist loss of water through evaporation. Other species drop their leaves in the dry season to limit the loss of fluids. The plants undoubtedly best adapted to the climate are the Cacti. Cacti occor in various forms, with the Cadushi being the most common one.
But not only the plants are well adapted to the climate, the animals are well adapted also. Most birds and other animals are active especially early in the morning and in the late afternoon when it is not too warm. This is also the best time to see them. Some animals are real nocturnal, like for example the bats.
To preserve all this, Aruba has a nature reserve, Parke National Arikok. Parke National Arikok is thus far special, that it serves to protect our natural environment, but likewise gives an excellent opportunity to the interested individual and an increasing number of people to get to know that what makes Aruba's flora, fauna, geology and cultural-history so unique.