Population of Scarlet Macaw in Wildlife Shows an Increase of 30% in Mexico
A year after the release of the first set of scarlet macaws (ara macao) in Chiapas, the reintroduction program of the species is a great success with a total of 73 specimen living in the wild in the Palenque National Park in Chiapas, said Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, Wildlife Manager Xcaret.
The specialist assured that thanks to the collaboration with Aluxes Ecopark, the UNAM Biology Institute and organization Acajungla A.C., the scarlet macaw is no longer extinct in Palenque as the 73 macaws now in Chiapas increased the number of specimens living in the wild in Mexico by 30 percent.
Raigoza Figueras explained that, according to a set compromised, between 2013 and 2014, Xcaret donated the group of scarlet macaws that are being reintroduced in the jungle at Palenque, particularly in the Aluxes EcoPark, where specialist Dr. Alejandro Estrada has set the ideal conditions for the satisfactory evolution of the program. All the specimens sent to Chiapas were born in Xcaret as part of a successful reproduction program in the Riviera Maya Ecopark that began in 1993.
He added that the participation of the local community of Palenque, the local and state government, as well as national governmental entities such as CONANP, INAH and SEMARNAT were fundamental support in the development and success of the project.
In 2013, 50 scarlet macaws were released in Palenque of which 48 have survived. Last March 23rd, 2014, a second group of 25 macaws were released in Aluxes EcoPark. With this latest release, the sum total is 73 specimens in the wild. This is the fifth release of the program with the first one starting in 2014.
The red macaw is a natural and patriotic emblem of the country. Raigoza Figueras revealed that Xcaret will continue to push programs such as these in areas where it is environmentally viable to reintroduce the species. In addition to continuing the work in Chiapas, he added that the Riviera Maya EcoPark is working in a macaw release in the region of the Tuxtlas, in Veracruz, in alliance with promoters of biodiversity and the local community.