Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arivaca

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#113 of 141 in Wildlife in Arizona
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge provides 117107acre of habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. The refuge was established in 1985.Natural historyThe semidesert grassland supports the reintroduction of masked bobwhite quail and pronghorns. Prescribed and natural fires play a major role in maintaining and restoring the sea of grass that once filled the Altar Valley. Riparian (wetland) areas along Arivaca Cienega and Arivaca Creek attract an abundance of birds. Brown Canyon, to the west of the Arivaca Creek area, is nestled in the Baboquivari Mountains, where a sycamore-lined stream meanders through oak woodland.FaunaThe Refuge is home to 58 mammal species. Among the larger species are mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, javelina and puma. There are also more than 325 different bird species and 53 species of reptiles and amphibians.There is also a small jaguar population in the area, which is contiguous, with Mexico. Between 2004 and 2007 an old male jaguar was followed by researchers in the area. The animal was called 'Macho B' by the researchers and has been previously photographed in 1996 in the area. During the study its home range compassed the mountains to east and west of the Altar Valley, which is situated in the Refuge. In addition at least one other jaguar was recorded in the area during that study.
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  • If your are looking for the real thing this is the place. Very secluded and pristine this is the quintessential high Sonoran Desert landscape. Here you will find seclusion and beauty without the crowd...  more »
  • What a treat this refuge is. It is in a semi-desert grassland area of AZ which includes a cienega (marsh) and a beautiful canyon in the Baboquivari Mountains. The visitor’s center is an old ranch home...  more »
  • The visitor center is rather small but you can buy a birding map and a road map there and the folks are very helpful. From there you can drive and hike all over the place but we elected to head over t...  more »
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  • Great place to go camping if you want to get away from everyone and everything. Primitive camping, beautiful sights. Hopefully they will clear out some of the mesquite, and help bring back the Pronghorn antelope. Otherwise there are lots of mule and white tail deer, coyotes, rabbits, even skunks to see. There are some foxes, bobcats and mountain lions also but those are less likely to see. Its one of the best places for bird watching.
  • Arizona is a land of scenic views and Buenos Aires National park is a perfect example. Look at sagauro cactus and other desert fauna as you enjoy the sun!
  • Quiet with lots of wildlife. Dry right now and winter, but with spring and water in the pond it will be stunning.
  • Just out riding.. we seen so many deer! Beautiful!!
  • Remote, peaceful, and full of bird sounds and informative displays on easy pedestrian trails near Arivaca, AZ.
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