The Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge is a wetland formed by the Polochic River delta in Lake Izabal, the largest lake in Guatemala. The wetland’s wildlife is abundant, more than 250 species of birds as well as important populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish can be found within the Refuge.
Bocas del Polochic is the area with the highest number of manatees (Trichechus manatus) in the country; it is also sustains a large population of howler monkeys (Alouata pigra) and river otters (Lutra longicaudis). In total, the refuge is home to 39 species of mammals (including all five feline species present in Guatemala), 138 species of reptiles and more than 53 species of fish. Including its terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Bocas del Polochic covers an area of 20,760 hectares (51,299 acres). (207.6 km2).
The reserve has been under the administration of Defensores since 1996. The refuge is recognized as a wetland of international importance by the RAMSAR Convention. RAMSAR.