At Xcaret Park Mexico, more than 50 macaws fly freely daily throughout the park.
Fernando Mendoza, head of Animal Welfare and Management at Xcaret Park Mexico, has been working with birds for seven years. Macaws are his favorite species to work with, which is particularly fitting as he freely flies more than 50 macaws daily throughout the park.
“We don? have a show but we have a free flight session in which we release a group of 50 or more macaws (scarlet and green) at noon in a strategic area of the park,?Mendoza said. That sounds like an awesome show to me! “On July first we will open a new aviary where you can see the animals of the region,?he adds.
I met Fernando a few years back at an International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators yearly conference. Later this year, I plan on visiting him at his visually striking park. For those who want a summer getaway, here are the details:
The park is situated in Playa del Carmen which lies between Yucatan and Cuba. The park, which is located around 38 miles south of Cancun International Airport, is open 365 days a year from 8:30am to 10:30 p.m. Xcaret opened in December of 1990, and it is one of the most famous attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination. It is considered an eco-archaeological park, where you can experience both the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.
“Since 1993 we have a successful breeding program with the largest parrots in Mexico and we have a program to [reintroduce] wildlife including scarlet macaws,?Mendoza says. Xcaret was awarded the Guinness World Record for “the largest number of macaws hatched in the same facility in one year,?the first world record awarded to an endangered species program.
Visiting the aviary at Xcaret allows you to witness a natural sanctuary where birds interact freely; as you take a journey through nature and discover the richness of wildlife in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
The aviary is home to more than 44 species of tropical birds. Xcaret has been successful in breeding various species including the Yucatan parrot, Mexican red-headed parrot, yellow-headed parrot, the pijiji duck, the toucan, the aracari, the pink flamingo, as well as many more.
“By participating and visiting the park you help us spread the message of conservation,?Mendoza said. “Our park and its conservation programs are highly successful and you will [have] the best vacation ever.?lt;/span>
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