Reserva de la Biósfera Desierto de Vizcaíno
The desert that begins south of the 28th parallel is the largest such reserve in Mexico, covering some 2.5 million hectares.
It holds 443 species of plants and 69 mammals, the most interesting of which is the rare berrendo, or desert pronghorn antelope, which gets its water only by eating succulents. An estimated 200 animals live in the reserve.
Ford Motor Company has partnered with the Mexican government to sponsor a recuperation plan for the berrendo.
It is possible to view the berrendos in an area between Asunción and Abreojos, by turning off at a signed point on the road. Inquire at either town for specific instructions. Guided tours are also available.
Chelo’s in Abreojos and the SEMARNAT office in Asunción are good sources of information. There is also a CONANP office in Guerrero Negro where visitors can obtain current information.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition