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Wetland
Cuban wetland

The largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean are found in Cuba. The wetland ecosystem of the Zapata Biosphere Reserve includes diverse habitats, such as marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, and forests. These habitats support many important species: frogs, turtles, fish, shellfish, crocodiles, birds, and countless plants and insects. It is also home to many species that live nowhere else. Often, wetlands are ignored, forgotten, or drained for development. But conservation is a top priority in the Zapata Reserve.

Match each organism with the feature that describes it.

Cuban crocodile
Cuban trogon
Bee hummingbird
Brassia caudata
Roseate spoonbill
zapata wren

matches the red, white, and blue colors of the Cuban flag

leaps out of the water into the air

once thought extinct and rediscovered

weighs less than a penny

named for the only habitat it lives in

sifts food out of the mud with its beak

Image Credits:

Wetland icon illustration, © Stuart Holmes 2016, all rights reserved; Wetland scene, Marjon Melissen/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Zapata wren, Francesco Veronesi/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Bee hummingbird, Ekaterina Chernetsova/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; <I>Brassia caudate</i>, Jan Witowski/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Zapata crocodile, Shutterstock; Roseate spoonbill, Shutterstock; Cuban trogon, Peter E. Hart/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.