Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR

by Fundación Grupo Puntacana Vetted since 2012 Site Visit Verified


The Ridgway's Hawk project in Punta Cana seeks to increase the population of the critically endangered Ridgway's Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi) through reintroduction of the species in the Punta Cana region and a regionally comprehensive, environmental education program about the hawks.

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The Ridgway's hawk is a critically endangered species of diurnal raptor endemic to the Island of Hispaniola. A hundred years ago the hawk was found all over Hispaniola, but today the only remaining breeding population of about 300 individuals is found in Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic. With the entire population of the species located in one small area, the Ridgway's Hawk is extremely vulnerable to extinction.


The Ridgway's Hawk project in Punta Cana (The Punta Cana Ecological Foundation) is working with The Peregrine Fund to reintroduce a minimum of 25 young hawks a year into the ecological reserve forest of Punta Cana, with the ultimate goal of creating a self-sustaining, wild population of Ridgway's Hawks in the Punta Cana region. By expanding the hawks' distribution, we hope to protect this amazing species from extinction.

Long-Term Impact

Our goals are to expand the range of the critically endangered Ridgway's Hawk by creating a second breeding population of one of the world's most endangered species of hawk, to increase public awareness and new jobs through an intensive, local education campaign.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Grupo Puntacana Foundation
The Peregrine Fund

Organization Information

Fundación Grupo Puntacana

Location: Santo Domingo, no applicable - Dominican Republic
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Jacob Kheel
Vice President
Santo Domingo, N/A Dominican Republic
$74,561 raised of $95,000 goal
118 donations
$20,439 to go
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