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Kasikunda Climbing Trail

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General description

The terrestrial park is a 5.643 hectares nature sanctuary located in the Northwest part of the island. It is a safe habitat for the terrestrial native and endemic species of Bonaire. Parrots, flamingos, parakeets, iguanas and many other species of birds and reptiles can be found in this reserve. The beaches inside the park are an important nesting ground for all four species of sea turtles found in the Caribbean. Originally inhabited by native South Americans and comprising two of the largest and most productive plantations on the island during the colonial period, the park is rich in cultural and historic heritage. The Visitor Center at the park’s entrance, with its museum and walking trails, offers an enjoyable learning experience.

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Visitation

Approximately 23,000 visitors per year.

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Ecosystems

  • Sand dunes
  • Beach areas
  • Mangroves
  • Saliñas
  • Dry forest

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International recognition

  • 2 RAMSAR sites, Saliña Slagbaai and Saliña Goto

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Legal status

Nature reserve since 1969.

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Type of management

Foundation (NGO).

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Main challenges

  • Exotic species
  • Erosion
  • Lack of research and monitoring

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Main stakeholders

  • Government
  • Tour operators
  • Schools
  • Environment and Nature Management department
  • Legal department
  • Agricultural department
  • Other NGOs
  • Volunteer group

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