National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Visitors have an opportunity to connect with nature in many ways. The vast landscape and the solitude of Wilderness provide unique recreational opportunities.
Location and Contact Information
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was established from public lands on January 25, 1939, by Executive Order 8039 for the protection of desert bighorn sheep. Over 80 percent of the refuge is wilderness. The refuge offers vast lands to explore and appreciate.
What We Do
Refuges use a wide range of land management tools based on the best science available. Management tools used are aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach where both wildlife and people will benefit. At this field station, most management practices are passive in nature for the benefit of Wilderness.
Scanning the horizon, the desert can appear devoid of animal life. Yet upon closer inspection, it reveals burrows among bushes, rocks and on the open plains - homes to badgers, foxes, ground squirrels, pocket mice, and kangaroo rats. The vast desert environment is home to numerous mammal species, the majority of which are nocturnal and forage at night while the temperatures is cooler.