Morne Bellevue stands out as a tall, east-west oriented ridge north of Les Anglais in southwestern Haiti. It is 1509 meters in elevation at its highest point, and 2047 hectares are above 800 meters (1137 hectares above 1000 meters). A helicopter expedition in 2013 found evidence of a surviving population of the nearly extinct mammal, the Hispaniolan solenodon (giant shrew). Biologists also found 12 species of frogs and 5 species of reptiles during the brief visit (no birds were surveyed), but more species are likely present. Bellevue is an unusual hot spot, having forested land intermediate in elevation between the high Grande Colline to the east and lower mountains to the west. Bellevue is unprotected.

Forest patch on south slope of Morne Bellevue.

Forest patch on south slope of Morne Bellevue. (Photo Credit: S. Blair Hedges)

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