Now open by reservation for
private tours and school groups.

El Refugio de Potosí
A Center for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Education
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View from Observation Tower

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, Playa Blanca, Guerrero, Mexico. The park is the expression of the desires of Pablo Mendizabal and Laurel Patrick to promote conservation and education of the local native species.


Barra de Potosí

Located one mile from Barra de Potosí in Playa Blanca, and 15 miles from the tourist zones of Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo, off the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo Highway. We are situated equal distance between the cities of Zihuatanejo and Petatlán.

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Great Horned Owl

El Refugio initially opened to the public in August 2009. Today we offer our visitors an array of garden paths, botanical displays, an iguana habitat, macaw roosts, a 60-foot sperm whale skeleton, hummingbird feeding stations, a wild life pond, native wild birds, and an 18-meter high observation tower. You may meet ambassador animals of the region receiving sanctuary here.

Our Mission
Conservation of the flora and fauna of the coastal, tropical dry forest region near Zihuatanejo, José 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.


"In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught."
Baba Dioum

Breen breasted mango

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis