Santa Isabel Biological Reserve

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Santa Isabel Biological Reserve
Reserva Biológica de Santa Isabel
Map showing the location of Santa Isabel Biological Reserve
Map showing the location of Santa Isabel Biological Reserve
Location in Brazil
Nearest city Aracaju
Coordinates 10°37′44″S 36°41′35″W / 10.629°S 36.693°W / -10.629; -36.693Coordinates: 10°37′44″S 36°41′35″W / 10.629°S 36.693°W / -10.629; -36.693
Area 5,547 hectares (13,710 acres)
Designation Biological Reserve
Created 20 October 1988

Santa Isabel Biological Reserve (Portuguese: Reserva Biológica de Santa Isabel) is a biological reserve on the coast of the municipalities of Pacatuba and Pirambu in Sergipe, Brazil.

Location[edit]

The coastal marine reserve, with an area of 5,547 hectares (13,710 acres), was created on 20 October 1988. It is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.[1] It lies in the municipalities of Pacatuba and Pirambu in Sergipe state.[2] The reserve is mainly a sandbank, with remnants of Atlantic Forest in its interior. There are some grasses, coconut trees, shrubs, lagoons and mangroves. Migratory birds include the common tern (Sterna hirundo). Tropical mockingbird (mimus gilvus) and pectoral antwren (herpsilochmus pectoralis) are endemic.[2]

Conservation[edit]

The Biological Reserve is a "strict nature reserve" under IUCN protected area category Ia. The purpose is to protect the biota without direct human interference other than actions needed to restore and preserve the natural balance, biological diversity and natural ecological processes.[2] The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle (eretmochelys imbricata) is protected in the reserve.[1]

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