Conservation Programs in Xcaret
Preserving the environment… Turtles, macaws, flora and fauna of Quintana Roo are part of the Conservation Program of Xcaret
Xcaret has always distinguished itself for its social and environmental commitment, since each new touristic project developed by the group seeks to contribute to the community’s overall development.
For the past twenty years, Xcaret has made great efforts to preserve Mother Nature with the design of environmental programs for the care, reproduction and rehabilitation of endangered native species.
Macaws are a beautiful species that live inside the jungle of southern Mexico and are currently on the list of endangered species. In Central America it’s estimated that only 400 specimens are still alive, therefore Xcaret park has created the macaw breeding program. The objective of this program is not only to ensure the perpetuity of the species, but also the reintroduction of these birds to their natural environment. In the park there are a few thousand copies from which twenty have already been released in the Chiapas jungle, but they are still working for the release of other thirty copies.
The turtle conservation program is another initiative promoted by Xcaret. They take care of turtles ever since they were born until they are fifteen months old, and then released into the sea. Other damaged species also arrive to the park, where they receive special attention and rehabilitation so they can return to their natural habitat.
However, there are turtles like “Esparanza” incapable of getting back to its natural environment. She was attacked in 2007 by some dogs and her wounds were so deep that they had to amputate both of her front fins, and now she lives in the turtle hospital. Xcaret’s labor and Esparanza’s story made the Spanish edition of National Geographic’s magazine dedicate a special report about the preservation program…
Hard work and commitment continues... Turtles and macaws liberations and other endangered species covered by the program are reflected in the environment.
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