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


Advisory Board

Pablo Mendizábal Reyes
Co-Director and Co-Founder of El Refugio de Potosí.
Received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the National University of Mexico. Currently owns an alternative tourism company (ADVENTOURS) with 8 years of experience in Ecotourism and Adventure tourism in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Serves as Vice President of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Sister Cities Committee.
Laurel Patrick
Co-Director and Co-Founder of El Refugio de Potosí.
Earned a Master of Science from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, (1987). Most recently developed and managed Hood River Ornamentals, Inc., an ornamental container tree nursery in Hood River, Oregon. Previously 25 years in the medical field as a nurse practitioner, midwife, educator and medical business manager.

Norma Mondragón Nakagawa
(Advisor: General)
Majored in Biology at the National University of Mexico. Currently owns a property management and administration company in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Jorge Guzmán González DVM
(Advisor: Wildlife; Veterinarian)
A specialist in the handling and medical treatment of wild life, he received a Medical Degree in Veterinary Science at the National University of Mexico. Sixteen years of experience working with wild life in zoos including the zoo in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. Jorge has resided in the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo region for the past six years, working on conservation projects.
Jose Luis Arcos García
(Advisor: Iguanas)
An agronomist-zootechnician engineer, with a Master of Science in animal production and a Ph.D. in wild life and stock breeding. A National Investigator, Level 1, since 2007. Currently, a professor at the Universidad del Mar, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. He served as President of the Sub-Committee for Conservation, Management and Sustainable Exploitation of Iguanas in Mexico from 2005 to 2008.
Daniel Cruz Magaña
(Advisor: Butterflies and Plants)
An agronomist-phytotechnician engineer, with 20 years of experience managing the butterfly pavilion and gardens at Xcaret Park, Mexico. Has trained and advised bio-producers in Costa Rica and other countries in Central America.
Erika Raquel Hilario Juárez
(Advisor: Butterflies and Plants)
An agronomist parasitologist engineer. Currently manages butterfly reproduction and production, as well as host plants disease and blight management at Xcaret Park, Mexico.

Jose Guadalupe Baldazo Monsivaiz
(Advisor; Biologist; Special Interest: Scorpions; Flora & Fauna of Zihuatanejo)
Jose earned a B.S. in Biology at the Autonomous University in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and an M.S. in Education at the Instituto de Estudios Universitarios, A noted specialist in the field of Scorpions, he is credited with finding two previously unknown species. He has twenty seven years of experience as a biology teacher and researcher in Zihuatanejo with a focus on the flora and fauna of the region.

Palm Desert Sister Cities Foundation
(Advisor: General) 
Based in Palm Desert, California, the mission of the PDSCF is to advance the Sister Cities International principles
of citizen diplomacy and global cooperation through the use of community resources and implementation of programs and exchanges that promote culture and economic development to enrich the citizenry of Palm Desert and her
Sister Cities.

Palm Desert's Sister Cities programs epitomize citizen diplomacy in action. These programs reflect a consistent record of partnership and collaboration in a diverse range of program areas: Art & Culture, Education, Economic Development, Tourism, Sports, Exchange and Humanitarian assistance.

I-Z Sister Cities Committee
(Advisor: General)
Founded in 2003, this organization is devoted to promote mutual cooperation between Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and her Sister City of Palm Desert, CA through the creation of programs to exchange resources for the promotion of cultural, social and economic development for both cities.  


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

Increase 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.





Palm Desert Sister Cities Foundation