Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsLower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
El Sal Del Rey inside the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
|Location||Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata counties, Texas, United States|
|Nearest city||La Feria, Texas|
|Area||90,788 acres (367.41 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge|
Only 5% of the native riparian, floodplain, and wetland habitats remain along the lower Rio Grande and its local tributaries. However, the diversity within these fragments adds up to a significant 1,200 species of native plants, 700 species of vertebrates (including nearly 500 bird species), and 300 species of butterflies. Eleven different biological communities exist on the National Wildlife Refuge, from the Chihuahuan Desert thorn forest to tidal wetlands.
The refuge is designated as part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a network of wildlife viewing sites throughout the Texas coastal regions.
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