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Jeanette Kawas National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Jeannette Kawas) is a national park located in the municipality of Tela, on the northern Caribbean coast of the Atlántida department of Honduras. It was established on 4 November 1994.[2] The park covers an area of 781.62 square kilometres and has an altitude of 900 metres. The park was created and is managed by the PROLANSATE foundation (protection of Lancetilla, Punta Sal and Texiguat).

History

The park was originally named Punta Sal National Park, but the name was changed to Jeanette Kawas National Park in honor of Jeanette Kawas, an environmental activist and PROLANSATE president who was murdered on February 6, 1995 for her work trying to keep the palm plantations out of the park.

Jeanette Kawas National Park is part of the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance and was designated as such on March 28, 1995.

Geography

Located at 15º51’N 087º40’W between longitudes 87º29′ and 87º52′ west and latitudes 15º42′ and 16º00′ north on the northern coast of Honduras. It has an area of 781.5 square kilometers.

Ecosystems

The park is made up of varied marine, terrestrial and wetlands ecosystems with a large number of species. These ecosystems include: beaches, tropical forests, inundated forests, mangroves forests, lagoon and rivers.

Species

Birds

  • Keel-billed Motmot
  • Turquoise-browed Motmot
  • Green-breasted Mountain-gem
  • Lovely Cotinga
  • Resplendent Quetzal
  • Bushy-crested Jay
  • Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
  • Lesser Ground-Cuckoo

Mammals

  • West Indian Manatee
  • Stenella dolphin
  • Common dolphin
  • White-headed Capuchin
  • Howler monkey

Fishes

  • Tarpon
  • Centropomus
  • Gafftopsail catfish

Reptiles

  • American Crocodile
  • Sea turtle, such as Green sea turtle, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Hawksbill turtle and the Loggerhead turtle
  • Green Iguana
  • Red-tailed Boa
  • Mexican burrowing snake

Arthropods

  • Caribbean hermit crab
  • Golden silk orb-weaver

Plants

  • Acalypha skutchii
  • Cappatis truerchkhemii
  • Columnea tuerckheimii
  • Cordia truncatifolia
  • Ormosia macrocalyx
  • Phyllanthus elsiae
  • Rinorea hummelii
  • Salacia impressifolia
  • Sida antillensis
  • Sida troyana

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