El Refugio De Potosí – A Center for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Education


About El Refugio de Potosí

Our Vision

Established in 2008, El Refugio de Potosí is a private, not for profit, 7 hectare ecological park located in the 'coastal tropical dry forest' in the region of Barra de Potosí, Guerrero, Mexico. The park is the expression of the desires of Pablo Mendizabal and Laurel Patrick to promote conservation of the local native species. Under a framework of preservation, exhibition, education and research, we are striving to create a foundation of environmental awareness for current and future generations.


Located one mile from the much visited destination of Playa Blanca, 15 miles from the tourist zonesof Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo, off the Acapulco Highway, we are superbly placed for day excursions. For school visits, we are centrally situated between the cities of Zihuatanejo and Petatlan, in the municipality of Jose Azueta.


El Refugio opened its doors to the public in August of 2009. Phase one development is complete and includes native garden paths, botanical displays, an iguana habitat, macaw roosts, a 60 foot sperm whale reconstruction project, hummingbird feeding stations, a wild life pond , native wild birds  and an 18 meter observation tower.

Non Profit
This is a non profit venture, developed and funded by contributions and many volunteer hours. We welcome you to join us in this project to conserve the magic of this special place.

Our Mission
Conservation of the flora and fauna of the coastal, tropical dry forest region near Zihuatanejo, Jose Azueta, Guerrero, Mexico.

Increase the awareness and appreciation of the life cycle of the tropical dry forest and of native species in the region of Barra de Potosí, Guerrero, Mexico, through preservation, exhibition, reproduction, education and research.

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