National Wildlife Refuge
Susan Silander, Project Leader
Oscar A. Diaz Marrero, Refuge Manager
Caribbean Islands NWR Complex
PO Box 1527
Vieques, PR 00765
Phone: 787/741 2138
Fax: 787/741 2158
* Western end established May 1,
2001; 3,100 acres. Eastern end
established May 1, 2003; 14,573
* Location: the refuge lands are
located on the eastern and
western ends of the island.
* Administered under Caribbean
Island NWR complex.
* Most ecologically diverse Refuge
in the Caribbean.
* Largest National Wildlife Refuge
in the Caribbean.
* The refuge contains several
ecologically distinct habitats
including beaches, coastal
lagoons, mangrove wetlands and
upland forested areas. Some of
the best examples of sub-tropical
dry forest in the Caribbean can
be found on refuge lands.
* The marine environment
surrounding the refuge contains
coral reefs and sea grass beds.
The refuge and its surrounding
waters are home to at least five
plants and ten animals on the
Federal Endangered Species list
including the Antillean Manatee,
the Brown Pelican and four species
of sea turtles (Green, L '-.-., '!. :'1,
Hawksbill and the Leatherback).
* In addition to its ecological value,
the refuge contains important
resources of archeological and
historic significance and legacies
of the Taino culture and sugar
* Currently twelve person staff.
* Year round visitation.
* To maintain this rare local sub-
tropical dry forest habitat and
wetlands ecosystem for resident
and migratory birds and rare and
* To protect historical and
archeological resource sites.
* To provide a safe environment for
people to enjoy wildlife oriented
* Plant inventory.
* Habitat restoration.
* Water management.
* Wildlife surveys.
* Law enforcement.
Public Use Opportunities
* Wildlife observation.
* Nature photography.
* Environmental education/
Questions and Answers
Does the Refuge have an office for
Yes. An office/visitor center is located
in Vieques Office Park on Road 200,
km 0.4. Please call in advance to
arrange a visit as we are frequently
working in the field.
Are sea turtles found in the 'A,., ..I I
of the Refuge?
Yes, Leatherback and Hawksbill Sea
Turtles nest on Vieques beaches as
the white coral sand beaches provide
warm sand for their eggs while
adjacent sea grass beds shelter and
feed Green Sea Turtles.
What other endangered species can
be found on or near the Refuge?
Some other species that may be seen
on the Refuge are the Brown Pelican
and the Antillean Manatee.
Is the Refuge open to the ," ,id/,i'
Yes. Certain areas of the Refuge are
open from sunrise to sunset seven
days a week.