The vast expanse of Bigi Pan, aptly named 'big lake', is a true haven for nature enthusiasts. This region boasts an array of mesmerizing natural wonders, ranging from serene creeks to vast swamplands, from dense mangroves to lush jungles. If you're a bird lover, you'll be amazed to know that over 100 different species of migratory birds call this place home. Among them, the red ibis is a coveted sight, with its striking crimson colour contrasting against tDid you know that Bigi Pan, meaning "Big Lake," is the largest lagoon in Suriname? It's connected to the Nickerie River through the Jamaer Canal. Bigi Pan is a Special Control Area, which means that commercial activities like fishing, agriculture, and aquaculture are allowed, but only in a way that maintains the area's productivity and resources.
Bigi Pan's rich biodiversity has earned it international recognition. Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, about 50 species, use the Bigi Pan Special Management Area as their feeding area during the winter. Over 70 bird species reside in the area, including the striking Scarlet Ibis and Flamingo. The area also has many fish species, such as tilapia and reptiles.
The Special Management Area covers a land area of 67,900 hectares (679 km2) and an equal area of seawater. About 15,000 hectares of the land area has been reclaimed for rice cultivation, with livestock grazing in a small area. The area comprises numerous creeks, mangroves, and wet and dry swamps.
Overall, Bigi Pan provides a rich food source and habitat for many species, making it an important and valuable natural resource in the northwestern part of the Surinamese Estuarine zone, north of the Nickerie River.
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In addition to the birds, visitors might also spot caimans and snakes during their explorations. The area is a popular destination for those who seek to immerse themselves in nature's beauty. Boat trips arranged from Paramaribo offer a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty and observe the wildlife in their natural habitat.