Estacion Biologica El Refugio Huanchaca

Through purchases made in 1994 and 1998, the Foundation acquired in full, a remote 125,000 acre parcel of primary rainforest and savanna, known as El Refugio Huanchaca, in eastern Bolivia. Adjacent to the recently expanded Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, the parcel plays periodic host to elite teams of biologists from the Field Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Missouri Botanical Garden, American Museum of Natural History, and an assortment of Bolivian scientific institutions including Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado.

The Estacion Biologica El Refugio (14’45 S, 61’00 W) is located in a climatic and biogeographic transition zone between the moist Amazonian forests and dry forests and grasslands characteristic of the Cerrado and Chaco. There is relatively easy access to many different habitat types from the main camp, located along the banks of the Río Paraguá. El Refugio is a small station capable of housing a maximum of eight scientists at a time. To learn more about El Refugio and research possibilities at the site, please visit the links above.