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The Alfredo Jahn Cave was declared a Natural Monument on December 12, 1978 for the purpose of protecting this valuable scenic resource. It is one of the largest caves in the country, and its unique characteristics include multiple entrances and caverns, extensive passages, and notable crystallizations and natural formations (República de Venezuela 1979). The Institute for National Parks (INPARQUES), the government body charged with the administration of the national park system of Venezuela, is responsible for the administration and management of the cave. Presently, the authorities of El Ávila National Park manage the monument. Those park rangers assigned to the eastern sector of El Ávila are responsible for monitoring and enforcement in the natural monument, although there is currently no guard post there. The monument’s boundaries are not designated in a formal manner on the ground. Although a small stretch of the Casupal Creek serves as a natural border, the remaining boundaries are only defined by elevation levels. Recently some volunteer organizations have posted signs along the way to the cave entrance, which supplement the two previously existing signs describing the characteristics of its geologic formation.


                      Signs near the main entrance to the cave

The natural monument has many regulations regarding permitted activities. Prohibited activities include sport or commercial hunting, breeding of domestic animals, large sporting or recreation events, transport of weapons, and removal of plants or animals. Activities such as excursions and scientific research are permitted. The monument does not have its own management plan. The regulations mentioned above are found in the Regulations Regarding the Administration and Management of National Parks and Natural Monuments (República de Venezuela 1989).

 

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