Barras de Cuero y Salado

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Barras de Cuero y Salado

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    13,225 ha
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    15°45'N 87°01'W
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Barras de Cuero y Salado. 23/06/93; Atlántida; 13,225 ha; 15°45'N 087°02'W. National wildlife refuge. An extensive complex of linked coastal, estuarine and riverine wetlands. Much of the area is composed of flooded forest and mangroves with coconut plantations lining the beaches. A group of families lives within the Refuge practicing traditional fishing and agriculture (palm plantations). The area provides an important source of drinking water, excellent summer grazing for cattle, and supports a rich fish fauna and a wide variety of resident and migratory waterbirds. Endangered fauna include the reptiles Crocodylus acutus and Caiman sclerops fuscus, and a small population of manatees (Trichechus manatus). Ramsar site no. 619. Most recent RIS information: 1993.

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    • national wildlife refuge
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)