National Wildlife Refuge
Susan Silander, Project Leader
Joseph Schwagerl, Refuge Manager
Cabo Rojo NWR
P.O. Box 510
Boqueron, PR 00622
Phone 787/851 7258
Fax: 787/255 6725
* Established: 1974.
* Acres: 1,836.
* Location: From Mayaguez, drive
south on Route 2 (main highway)
and exit Route 100 toward Cabo
Rojo. When Route 100 ends, turn
left onto Route 101. Drive .8 mile,
then turn right onto Route 301.
Drive approximately 3 miles and
look for refuge sign.
* Administered under Caribbean
Islands NWR complex.
* The refuge lies along the coastal
plain of southwestern Puerto
Rico. This land had been in
agricultural use for at least two
centuries prior to Service
ownership. Heavy grazing left
the area barren except for a
limited number of trees in
drainages and near homesteads.
* A number of native bird species,
including the endangered Yellow
shouldered Blackbird, occur in
and around the refuge.
* At present, the refuge is
approximately 65 percent forest/
scrub and 35 percent grassland.
Financial Impact of Refuge
* Seven-person staff.
* 5,475 visitors annually.
* To restore and enhance native
wildlife and plants, particularly
the endangered Yellow
* To increase the level of
environmental awareness among
residents and visitors.
* Law enforcement.
* Environmental education.
* Vegetation monitoring.
Public Use Opportunities
* Visitor center/contact station (at
Caribbean Islands NWR office).
* Hiking trails.
* Wildlife observation and nature
Questions and Answers
Why is haying allowed on the refuge?
Limited haying is being used as a
management tool to maintain several
limited areas as grassland.
What visitor opportunities are
available at the refuge?
A visitor center is located at the
refuge office. In addition, a 2-mile
interpretive trail and approximately
12 miles of hiking trails are available
for birdwatching, photography, and
When is the refuge open to the public?
Both the refuge and visitor center are
open 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
What resident bird species might I
see at the refuge?
Visitors may see species such as the
Puerto Rican tody Adelaide's
warbler, Caribbean elaenia, troupial,
and the endangered Yellow
shouldered Blackbird and others.
Are any other national wildlife
refuges close to Cabo Rojo?
Yes, Laguna Cartagena National
Wildlife Refuge isjust a short drive
from Cabo Rojo National Wildlife