Cozumel, Q.R. — A lot of hard work, including the reforestation of mangroves in Laguna Colombia, has resulted in the return of the pink flamingo.
Jesús Benavides Andrade, site director, announced the return of the species in the protected area of Punta Sur, which was heavily damaged during the 2005 hurricane season. He says that the return the pink flamingo brings another attraction for visitors and bird lovers and that the presence of the birds shows that the lagoons are in good health.
The most common place for the pink flamingo to nest is muddy islets without vegetation which matches the characteristics of Laguna Colombia. He adds that this is the first time the pink flamingo has been observed since the rehabilitation of the area from the 2005 hurricanes.
He says that he had seen the birds at Laguna Chunchacab, which is within the same ecopark, but a few days ago, 16 pink flamingos were spotted by park visitors in Laguna Colombia.
“The presence of flamingos is an important indicator because in this area we carried out a lot of restoration work including opening mangrove channels. Their presence means that there are good conditions in the ecosystem.”
The pink flamingo is naturally present throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, mainly in areas such as Río Lagartos, Celestún, El Cuyo and Las Coloradas. In the state of Quintana Roo, they are found mainly at the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an and in Cozumel.