Saving the Macaw in Mexico
Macaws are finally heading back home…
You can be standing at the forest of Tamaulipas, Veracruz or Chiapas and you will hear nature’s unique sounds: those that sing away in the distance, whisper words of wisdom and tell the greatest legends of all times. One of the greatest sounds nature calls, are those of macaws… But lately, we haven’t been able to hear them. Why? Because unfortunately, macaws have been hunted down and scared away from their homes.
Once ago… macaws ruled the skies and forests of Mexico. Because of their beautiful feathers, the ancient Maya Civilization made them the protectors and kings of trees; in fact there are records stating that Xel-Há was one of the most important places for macaws at Maya culture.
But something happened… Ambitious human have destroyed their homes, forcing them to disperse and fly away from their forests… As if this wasn’t enough, the most dangerous predator of nature started to hunt them.
Macaws used to live up to 60 or 70 years but thanks to mankind’s intervention the number of macaws who reach the adulthood are less than 50%.
Hunters climbed the tall trees to reach their offspring. After they were separated from their parents, these newborn macaws were sold as pets –in the best case scenario-, however in other cases some others have faced a terrible fate: they are dissected and turned into ornamental objects.
The behavior of macaws is one of the easiest in nature, they are social creatures that live in groups all their lives, and when the moment is right, they find a partner to raise their offspring with and to stay together forever.
Macaws disappeared from the Gulf of Mexico and forests in Chiapas, and have been gone for almost seventy years, being human the main cause of this… However today, it was mankind who brought forward a solution.
Environmental organizations have joined efforts to bringing back home these fascinatingly colorful macaws. How? Through captivity breeding programs, which have been an excellent measure to preserve the macaw.
Now the song of macaws is getting louder as time passes, and is heard once again… In freedom!
27 macaws are returning to their natural habitats, their colors are painting the forest again with bright colors and shades of blue, red and yellow. Now, it’s time for us to learn to respect their home. Xcaret and the state of Veracruz have worked together to make their return a viable possibility; both entities are fully committed to protect this beautiful bird.
Veracruz is the second state to recover macaws… Chiapas has now 73 birds that are living in freedom at last, and surely soon we will see more of them!
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