Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor
The Refugio de Vida Silvestra La Flor is also known as the La Flor Reserve or the Refuge of Wild Life. It is located approximately 150 kilometers from Managua. The roads to Refugio de Vida Silvestra La Flor are easily navigated. However, the roads become more difficult during the rainy season when the small rivers that cross the road swell with water making crossing them a rather daunting task for standard passenger vehicles. The La Flor Reserve has been managed and overseen by the Cocibolca Foundation since its establishment in 1983.
Deforestation has taken place across Nicaragua, leaving many areas forestless and causing tropical forests and dry caducifolio to almost disappear completely. Fortunately, the Refuge of Wild Life has a small forest area within the reserve. This small stretch of forest is protected by the reserve and it is hoped that it can be conserved for future generations.
The Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor is better known for its influx of Olive Ridley turtles during the months of July through to December. The beautiful, undisturbed beaches in the La Flor Reserve, provide the protection and habitat needed for the successful nesting and laying of eggs. Even though Nicaragua has one of the biggest Olive Ridley turtle populations, they are still threatened by human interference due to nest robbing, which has a significant influence on the turtle population. Many visitors and locals flock to La Flor to witness the arrival of approximately 30,000 female Olive Ridley turtles. It is not only the Olive Ridley turtles that can be seen at the Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor. Many different turtle species use this reserve for nesting, including some very rare leatherback turtles.
The Refugio de Vida Silvestra La Flor is open all year round and there is a minimal entrance fee which is payable at the gate. Turtle enthusiasts can enquire about the fees and facilities in regard to a night on the beach, where visitors are able to camp for an evening. The Refugio de Vida Silverstre La Flor is a very important nature reserve as it protects and conserves a diverse range of very rare flower species including the survival of the oceans’ gentle souls who would not survive without protected areas such as the La Flor Reserve.