Cancun, Q.R. – Quintana Roo has one of the most successful macaw conservation programs in the country.
Last week, 29 parrots were released into the wild as part of a program by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).
The birds were released into the biosphere reserve at Los Tuxtlas, in Veracruz by local Quintana Roo biologists.
The release of these birds was in addition to the 43 that have already been reinstated in the wild in previous years. Now, biologists say there are 72 macaw parrots in the wild that are considered suitable for reproduction.
The monitoring of the macaw release program has been carried out by Dr. Patricia Escalante Pliego, who along with students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), managed to contribute to the recovery of the species listed in the Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM)-059 as an endangered species.
According to Escalante Pliego, macaws that were released over the past two years have responded positively. She said that the birds were released into forests belonging to Protected Natural Areas (PNA) because the birds have a higher survival rate due to the safety of food and protection as well as suitable nesting sites. She also says that in these protected areas, they will be less likely to fall prey to poachers.
The program was initially started by Conanp with their Species Conservation Program at Risk (Procer) program in early 2014. The states of Chiapas, Veracruz and Quintana Roo have implemented forums, workshops and lectures in the local grade school systems so children understand the importance of the species. They also want children to understand that the birds should not be hunted.
Over the past 20 years, the population of the macaw parrots in Mexico has decreased significantly.
The reinstatement of the macaw and the conservation of the jaguar are considered the most successful in the state of Quintana Roo. According to reports from Regional Conanp in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean, both programs have seen significant progress.