Frequently Asked Questions


When was it established? In 1979. 

How big is it? 88,800 acres.

Where is it? The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge shares its Headquarters with the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge near Alamo, Texas. The refuge itself is approximately 115 tracts of land that are predominantly found along the Rio Grande.

Why is it here? The refuge was originally established to protect biodiversity.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed but must always be on a leash.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.

Click here for a fact sheet on the refuge.