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Cockpit Country

Blue and John Crow Mountains

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Although only the size of the state of Connecticut, the island of Jamaica has a wealth of endemic species since it was never attached to any other land mass. Its natural beauty of coastal reefs, beaches and coastal plain span around a plateau of rainforest and towering mountain peaks. Jamaica’s natural resources continue to fall victim to deforestation from agriculture, development, and cattle ranching. Parks in Peril has programs working in the mountainous region of the country that are a critical corridor for wildlife, migratory birds and the source of multiple rivers and streams. PiP is also strengthening a network of conservation organizations, each of which lend its expertise to support government and non-profit conservation initiatives.

Giant swallowtail butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Cockpit Country
© Thomas Emmel

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Measuring up to 6 in. (15 cm), the Jamaican Giant Swallowtail Butterfly is the second largest butterfly in the world and largest in the hemisphere. Once found in the half of the parishes in Jamaica, it now only lives in the Blue and John Crow Mountains and Cockpit Country.

Jamaica Partner Organizations


Cockpit CountryPIP 2000 site

The ancient landscape of Cockpit Country is home to an abundance of species found no where else in the world. Learn more...

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park  

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park was the first national park in Jamaica, stretching over the mountain ranges of the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains. Learn more...