Punta de Manabique

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Punta de Manabique
Wildlife Refuge
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Punta de Manabique
Country Guatemala
Region Izabal
Municipality Puerto Barrios
Landmark Peninsula
Location Punta de Manabique
 - coordinates 15°55′56″N 88°34′08″W / 15.93222°N 88.56889°W / 15.93222; -88.56889Coordinates: 15°55′56″N 88°34′08″W / 15.93222°N 88.56889°W / 15.93222; -88.56889
Highest point
 - elevation 20 m (66 ft)
Lowest point
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 1,299 km2 (502 sq mi)
Biome Littoral/intertidal zone
Mangrove forests
Coral reef
Plant mangrove forest
Founded Decreto No. 023-2005 [1999]
Management CONAP / FUNDARY [1]
Visitation allowed
Designated 28 January 2000

Punta de Manabique is a small peninsula that separates Amatique Bay from the Gulf of Honduras. It is located on Guatemala's east coast, some 20 km north of Puerto Barrios (15°55′59″N 88°34′09″W / 15.933039°N 88.569088°W / 15.933039; -88.569088 (Punta de Manabique)).[1][2][3][4]

The peninsula was declared a wildlife reserve in 1999. The reserve is covered with tropical rain forests and mangrove forests. The higher parts of the peninsula have mahogany (Swietenia spp.), Manilkara spp., Chrysophyllum spp., kapok (Ceiba pentandra), while manicaria palms (Manicaria saccifera), and palosangre trees (Symphonia globulifera) are found in swampy areas.[5]

There is a rich diversity of molluscs, crustaceans, fishes, amphibians, reptiles (crocodile, green iguana, turtles). Many species of seabirds are found in the reserve, from the orders of Charadriiformes), Pelecaniformes, Ciconiiformes. Mammals include Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, jaguar (Panthera onca), howler monkey (Alouatta palliata), spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), collared Peccary (Tayassu tajacu) and white-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari).

$27 million gas terminal. http://www.elperiodico.com.gt/es/20110519/economia/195588

Why and, why not at Punta de Manabique. http://www.elperiodico.com.gt/es/20110522/pais/195707


  1. ^ CONAP. "Listado de Áreas Protegidas (enero, 2011)" (xls) (in Spanish). conap.gob.gt. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  2. ^ "World Database on Protected Areas – Punta de Manabique". sea.unep-wcmc.org. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ Eisermann, Knut (2006). Evaluation of waterbird populations and their conservation in Guatemala (pdf). Guatemala: Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitología. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  4. ^ Dix, Margareth & Juan F. Fernández (eds). Inventario Nacional de los Humedales de Guatemala (PDF) (in Spanish). Guatemala: UICN-ORMA, CONAP, USAC, CBMA. ISBN 9968-743-58-5. 
  5. ^ FUNDARY (2001). "Punta de Manabique" (in Spanish). FUNDARY. Retrieved 2009-08-25.