Médanos de Coro National Park (Venezuela)

Médanos de Coro National Park (Venezuela)

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Médanos de Coro National Park protects part of the Paraguana xeric scrub ecoregion in northwestern Venezuela. It is known for its massive sand dunes, known as Médanos. 

Médanos de Coro National Park (Parque Nacional Los Médanos de Coro) is a Venezuelan national park located in the state of Falcón, near the city of Coro on the road that leads to Paraguaná.

Médanos de Coro National Park protects part of the Paraguana xeric scrub ecoregion. It covers 91 sq km (35 sq mi) of desert and coastal habitat, including salt marshes.

The park area is made up of three zones: an alluvial plain, formed by the delta of the Mitare River and some smaller streams; an aeolian plain, composed of three types of dunes; and a littoral plain with a belt of mangrove swamps.

The massive sand dunes, known as Médanos, spread over an area of approximately 5 by 30 km (3.1 by 18.6 mi). They can reach 40 m (130 ft) in height and are constantly transformed by the unrelenting wind. Rainfall is rare.

Flora consists of little more than thorny shrubs. The park is an Important Bird Area with some 21 species including Yellow-shouldered amazon. Other fauna is scarce; the park is home mainly to lizards, rabbits, anteaters and foxes