El Toro Wilderness

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El Toro Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
El Toro Wilderness.jpg
LocationEl Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Nearest cityCanovanas, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°16′13″N 65°49′44″W / 18.27028°N 65.82889°W / 18.27028; -65.82889Coordinates: 18°16′13″N 65°49′44″W / 18.27028°N 65.82889°W / 18.27028; -65.82889
Area10,000 acres (40.5 km2)
EstablishedDecember, 2005
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service

El Toro Wilderness (Spanish: Selva El Toro) is a 10,000-acre (40.5 km2) National Wilderness Preservation System unit located partly within El Yunque National Forest (formerly the Caribbean National Forest) on the island of Puerto Rico. El Toro, named after the highest peak in the forest at 3,524 feet (1,074 m), is the only tropical wilderness in the United States National Forest System.[1]

Caribbean National Forest map

El Toro is home to a variety of wildlife, including the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot.

In descending order of land area the wilderness is located in parts of the municipalities of Río Grande, Naguabo, Las Piedras, and Canóvanas.

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  1. ^ El Toro Wilderness fact sheet - U.S. Forest Service

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