Scarlet Ibis

Illegal poaching of Scarlet Ibis $180,000 bail for dad, son

In­daraj Ma­habir, 50, and his son Kim­raj have ap­peared be­fore Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trate Chris­tine Charles charged with poach­ing the Scar­let Ibis.

The men were not called up­on to plead when they ap­peared Mon­day af­ter­noon as the charges were laid in­dictably. The mag­is­trate even­tu­al­ly grant­ed them bail in the sum of $90,000 each. Charles al­so warned them not to en­ter the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary.

Poachers held with 5 Scarlet Ibis carcasses

Two poach­ers were held and charged by game war­dens Sun­day for hav­ing five car­cass­es of one of T&T’s pro­tect­ed na­tion­al birds, the Scar­let Ibis.

If charged, the men will face a hefty fine of $.5 mil­lion each and two years’ im­pris­on­ment.

The poach­ers were said to have been at the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary Sun­day morn­ing when they were stopped and searched by the game war­dens.

$800 fine for dead Scarlet Ibis

Three men who said they found the car­cass of a dead bird, with brown and grey feath­ers, not know­ing it was Scar­let Ibis, this coun­try's na­tion­al bird, were spared a jail sen­tence af­ter they plead­ed guilty to the crime.

Scarlet Ibis declared Environmentally Sensitive Species

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that the government has officially designated the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS). 

The Ministry of Planning and Development has responsibility for the environment.