Humedal Río Máximo-Cagüey

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Humedal Río Máximo-Cagüey

  • Country: 
    Cuba
  • Site number: 
    1237
  • Area: 
    22,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
    18-11-2002
  • Coordinates: 
    21°43'N 77°27'W
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Overview

Humedal Río Máximo-Cagüey. 18/11/02. Camagüey. 22,000 ha. 21°43'N, 077°27'W. Protected Area. An extremely fragile marine-coastal ecosystem undergoing salinization, this wetland is located at the mouth of the rivers Máximo and Cagüey, and includes a number of keys located in the shallow surroundings. The area is the largest nesting site for flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) in all the Caribbean and the Antilles, and it's also a refuge for other migratory birds from North, Central and South America. Large populations of American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) and Caribbean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus), both vulnerable species, inhabit the site. The dominant vegetation types in the area include mono-dominant and mixed mangrove forests, microphyllic and swamp evergreen forests, and Conocarpus erectrus and Bucida spp. evergreen forests. Adverse factors affecting the site are related to human activities in the catchment area, including upstream deviations of the water supply and pollution from agricultural residual waters. Ramsar site no. 1237. Most recent RIS information: 2002.

Administrative region: 
Camagüey Province

  • National legal designation: 
    • Wildlife Refuge
  • Last publication date: 
    18-11-2002

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