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Cabo Pulmo

Baja California, Mexico

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to the only living hard coral reef in Mexico’s entire Gulf of California, but this thriving habitat was threatened when an international company announced a massive tourism scheme next door.

Spanish developer Hansa Urbana planned to develop 9,400 acres of this paradise with condos, hotels, golf courses, a marina and a private jet port. The mega-tourism project would have imperiled the coral reef’s marine life and the local residents who depend on eco-tourism for their livelihoods.

Thanks to a strong campaign waged by NRDC and our partners — and the online activism of tens of thousands of BioGems Defenders — Mexican President Felipe Calderón rejected the project in June 2012.

Today, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is yet again a conservation success story. But without strong enforcement of environmental laws, this irreplaceable marine paradise is still vulnerable to rampant development that could devastate its fragile ecosystem, marine wildlife and communities forever.

What's at Stake

Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo Pulmo is teeming with an astonishing diversity of wildlife, including whales, porpoises, dolphins, orcas, sharks, sea lions and five of the seven species of endangered sea turtles.

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Main images provided by: Octavio Aburto/iLCP and Ralph Lee Hopkins/iLCP.