Photo: Scarlet macaws
Scientists and wildlife managers have released 27 scarlet macaws in the La Otra Opcion preserve in the Los Tuxtlas region of the Gulf state of Veracruz under a program to reintroduce the species to its original habits in Mexico, the Xcaret nature park said.
The birds were released last weekend in the preserve, “where the chances of survival are very favorable,” Xcaret wildlife manager Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras said.
The program to reintroduce the scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is going well just a year after the first birds were released in areas where they had gone extinct, the park said in a statement.
“In Palenque, southeastern state of Chiapas, 73 scarlet macaws have been released so far, while in Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, 27 have been released. In both cases, more releases are planned in subsequent months,” the nature park said.
Studies conducted by specialists in early 2013 concluded that there were no more than 240 scarlet macaws in Mexico’s jungles due to habitat destruction and poaching.
The scarlet macaw population has grown 41 percent since then, thanks to the reintroduction programs in Chiapas and Veracruz run by the Xcaret nature park in association with the Biology Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, and community groups.