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Janos Biosphere Reserve

Janos

With an area of 5,305 square kilometers (2,048 square miles) and wide valleys covered with native grasslands, the Janos Biosphere Reserve is ideal for exploring and discovering its unusual landscapes and great biodiversity.

The reserve is located in the northeast of the State of Chihuahua, bordering on the north with New Mexico in the United States; on the west with Sonora and on the east and south with the municipalities of Ascension, Casas Grandes, and Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.

When you enter the area you can see beautiful landscapes where the view is lost in the horizon of its extensive valleys covered with native grasses that are transformed into wooded hills.

The region owes its recent protection decree to the biodiversity it holds and the environmental degradation problems it currently faces that threaten its survival. In 1937 it was named a Wildlife Refuge by Lázaro Cárdenas, and in 1979 a ban was enacted for the opening of new agricultural wells.

Within its grasslands is one of the largest groups of prairie dog colonies in North America. These animals are known to help keep the grasslands free of woody plants, which prevents them from turning into a brush.

When visiting the colonies it is possible to observe coyotes, badgers, and golden eagles, who wait for an opportunity to get the food of the day.

The bison is another characteristic animal of the North American prairies; in Janos, there is the only wild herd left in Mexico.

With an area of 5,305 square kilometers (2,048 square miles) and wide valleys covered with native grasslands, the Janos Biosphere Reserve is ideal for exploring and discovering its unusual landscapes and great biodiversity.

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The reserve is located in the northeast of the State of Chihuahua, bordering on the north with New Mexico in the United States; on the west with Sonora and on the east and south with the municipalities of Ascension, Casas Grandes, and Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.

When you enter the area you can see beautiful landscapes where the view is lost in the horizon of its extensive valleys covered with native grasses that are transformed into wooded hills.

The region owes its recent protection decree to the biodiversity it holds and the environmental degradation problems it currently faces that threaten its survival. In 1937 it was named a Wildlife Refuge by Lázaro Cárdenas, and in 1979 a ban was enacted for the opening of new agricultural wells.

Within its grasslands is one of the largest groups of prairie dog colonies in North America. These animals are known to help keep the grasslands free of woody plants, which prevents them from turning into a brush.

When visiting the colonies it is possible to observe coyotes, badgers, and golden eagles, who wait for an opportunity to get the food of the day.

The bison is another characteristic animal of the North American prairies; in Janos, there is the only wild herd left in Mexico.

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