The Wildlife Refuge is Cuare Area Under Special Administration located in the Monsignor Iturriza Municipality Falcon state in Venezuela, home to about 300 species of birds, plus lots of reptiles and endangered mammals.
It is a major wetland areas in Latin America. Declared a Wildlife Refuge in 1972 by Presidential Decree No. 991. It covers an area of 11,825 hectares, comprised of well-defined sectors as:
Islands or Keys: These locations off the coast of San Juan de los Cayos (Cayo Cayo Abajo and San Juan) and off the coast of Tucacas (Cayo Cayo North and South).
Cerro Chichiriviche: Formed by a dense growth of bushes and jungle otropófilo tip, this sector extends along the southern margin of Cuare Golfete. On the vegetation is of great importance, as it serves as habitat for native fauna.
Salinas or Chichiriviche Lagoons: These are open plains to the ebb and flow of the tides and stormwater retention. They have periods of flooding and extreme desiccation, which exerts a powerful influence on aquatic birds. There is represented the 75% of families Venezuela waterfowl.
Cuare Golfete It leads a network of pipes that drain rainwater and determine the flooding of lagoons. It spawning and nursery area for various species and seat of a rich fauna of invertebrates that are food source for a variety of waterfowl. His night shelter mangroves are species of birds. This area of the refuge is known as "Ramsar Site", which gives a great national and international importance, being breeding area for many species of birds and fish fauna.