Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Thanks to a wildlife program at Xcaret, Mexico has seen the population of the Scarlet Macaw nearly double.
Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, Director of Conservation of Xcaret says that a reintroduction program by the facility has seen a significant increase in the Scarlet Macaw population in the jungles of Mexico. He says in particular, the species has nearly doubled in the areas of Chiapas and Veracruz.
He explained that in 2013, they had 250 Scarlet Macaws that lived in those areas but since then, the facility at Xcaret has added an additional 226 that have survived in the wild. That reintroduction places the program above the 90 percentile of success and nearly doubles the wild species count.
Xcaret works in coordination with other wildlife facilities to achieve the successful reintroduction of the birds. In Chiapas, six birds have been place in the wild resulting in 81 macaws that now live near the Palenque National Park. They have plans to release another 20 macaws into that area in the near future.
In the Los Tuxtlas region of Veracruz, 146 macaws were reintroduced into the forest since 2013 and, for the first time, 13 macaws have been set free in the Ejido reserve of Benito Juárez.
Rodolfo Raigoza said that Xcaret will continue to release the birds thanks to its successful breeding program which is based in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo. He says that they intend to reach the goals set in 2013, which was to repopulate the species back to sustainable figures.