Thankfully, there are many organizations, nonprofit and federal, that realize its importance and work to protect Mona Island. Some organizations focus on conservation efforts, some on research and others on protecting wildlife to evade extinction of many endemic species. Island Conservation, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service work together to protect Mona Island’s listed and unique plant and animal species by removing invasive species. Species introduced by humans years ago, like for example the feral pig, feral cats, invasive rats and feral goats. Feral means when a domesticated animal enters a wild state after an escape. As a two time visitor, seeing feral cats and goats is always the strangest experience. These are not at all the type you pet!
There is also a non-profit organization, Amigos de Amoná, Inc. who have created many different projects to protect the island by helping mitigate damage caused by marine debris on coral reefs and associated habitats of the Mona Channel Islands, which include Mona. Organizations like NOAA and the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico have also been instrumental in the field component of many research projects to help protect the island and its pristine reefs. Many other organizations work together to protect this little piece of land and value its importance in our ecosystem, as well as in our Puerto Rican heritage. Mona Island is not, and should never be a pawn in how to make money, but a fight to protect it and keep its "roughness" and beauty intact.
The most impressive thing about this photo is that I managed not to drop the camera while we were cruising up and down on the sand dunes at a steady speed of 90 km/h. (One question though - how the fck do gemsboks survive in this place? Insane.)