Rockefeller Refuge

Description

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The Rockefeller Foundation donated the land to the state back in 1919. But the most distinctive feature of this refuge is that it is an outdoor laboratory where world-class research is conducted. Rockefeller is most famous for its alligator research. There is no place in the world that has a higher density of alligators than here at Rockefeller. Scientists at Rockefeller study the life history of alligators – their diet, mating habits, movements, and populations. Besides alligators, scientists here study coastal restoration and marsh management. Rockefeller was originally an 86,000 acre reserve. Now it has shrunk to less than 76,000 acres. The Gulf of Mexico is encroaching inland at the alarming rate of 40 feet per year. This is a critical loss as Louisiana’s coastal wetlands produce 30 percent of the nation's seafood, provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, and support a unique culture.

Address

5476 Grand Chenier Hwy.
Cameron, LA 70643

Lat/Long

29.72995500, -92.81687700
Visit Website
(337) 538-2276

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