Features

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    Native Reptiles

    At least 21 types of snakes call the refuge home, including 6 rattlesnake species. They are an important part of the desert community.

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    Exciting Night Life

    When the sun sets and the desert cools, a host of refuge animals stir, including ringtail cats, pocket mice and 11 species of bats.

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    Cryptic Critters

    Light-colored fur helps mammals reflect heat rather than soak it in. The scales of lizards serve the same purpose.

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    Going Underground

    Many desert animals burrow, including tortoise. They burrow down (sometimes up to many feet) to avoid the summer heat and winter cold.

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Get out into nature

Wilderness on Cabeza Prieta NWR

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Did you know 803,418 of the 860,000 acres on Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge are designated wilderness?

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Protecting Fawns

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Due to the success of recovery efforts, pronghorn numbers have increased to historic average numbers.

During Fawning Season

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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