|Central coordinates||76o 37.99' West 24o 24.05' North|
|IBA criteria||A4ii, B4i, B4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 3m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the first of its kind in the world. It covers 176 square miles beginning at Wax Cay Cut in the north and stretching some 22 miles southward to Conch Cut and extending out approximately four nautical miles on either side of the cays. It is a no-take zone by both land and sea - nothing living or dead, can be removed from the park. The headquarters building and visitors centre is located on Warderick Wells and several moorings sites are situated throughout the park.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri||breeding||2006||frequent individuals||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus||breeding||2006||common breeding pairs||poor||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Least Tern Sterna antillarum||breeding||2005||frequent individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park||National Park||45,584||protected area contained by site||45,584|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Other biodiversity Hutias have been introduced on Warderick Wells, in 1996 this rodent population was estimated to be about 25,000. They are nocturnal and not usually seen during the day, so you would have to go ashore after dark to look for them.
References White, A.W. 1998b. A Birder's Guide to the Bahama Islands (Including Turks and Caicos). American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.
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