Arikok National Park is located in Aruba, an island that is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
All information in this post is from the Arikok National Park's official website: arubanationalpark.org
History of Arikok
The first known inhabitants of Aruba, and the Arikok National Park area were the Caquetío people. You can see their rock paintings in Cunucu Arikok and Fontein Cave.
Besides the cave paintings, one other way the park literally "shows" its age is through the fossilized coral you can find in the park, mostly along the coastline of course.
The Beginnings of a National Park
1960s - The idea of a National Park in Aruba starts to form.
1980 - A plan was presented for the development of the area of Arikok-Jamanota into a National Park
1990s - Multiple proposals and policies were passed in order to begin establishing protected areas that would become the National Park
2000 - Arikok National Park was officially established
Mission + Objectives
Mission: To conserve Aruba's Natural and Cultural Heritage for all generations while inspiring and engaging the local community and visitor's to do the same.
1. Preserve, protect, restore, develop, acquire, and obtain management of areas that are valuable from the perspective of the natural environment, geology, culture, archeology, and history.
2. Conduct scientific research or cause it to be conducted for the benefit of biodiversity, nature management, nature conservation, nature restoration, development of the natural environment, and knowledge development.
3. Inspire the population to promote sustainable development.
Current / On-Going Projects
1. Managing the current state of the flora, fauna, and ecosystems.
2. Monitoring the Bat Population
3. Monitoring the Cascabel Population
5. Restoration of Cunucu Arikok, the dwelling place of the Caquetío People.
Arikok National Park takes up 20% of the entire island of Aruba.
The Bays in Aruba are called "bocas".
The bird image that is part of the park logo is from one of the rock paintings by the Caquetío People.
In English, the foundation for the Park is called the "Aruba National Park Foundation" but the acronym is backwards. Why? Spanish is one of Aruba's main languages, and FPNA stands for Foundation Park Nacional Aruba.