Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge



Along the banks of the lower Rio Grande is the 2,088 acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds. Considered the ‘jewel’ of the refuge system, this essential ‘island’ of thorn forest habitat is host or home to nearly 400 different types of birds and a myriad of other species, including the indigo snake, malachite butterfly and the endangered ocelot. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is part of the World Birding Center network in the Rio Grand Valley.

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