Flamingo is a bird that was venerated by many cultures in ancient times and it has been affected by the destruction of their nesting areas, so now it is in danger of extinction.
The only breeding colony of flamingos in Latin-America is at Rio Lagartos in Yucatan State, Mexico. For 20 years the area has been officially considered Wildlife Refuge area and decreed a biosphere reserve in 1999.
Xcaret Park, at the Riviera Maya, Mexico in coordination with the reserve and with the approval of the National Institute of Ecology, initiated a major program of protection to the Caribbean flamingo.
The first measures taken were monitoring and control of predators (such as jaguars) and forest fires to facilitate nesting. The program includes collection of eggs out of their nests. They determine which contain an embryo with life and protect them in the reserve incubator donated by Xcaret Park, while others are moved to the park where to be incubated artificially.
The actions also include monitoring of the flock during the nesting season, monitoring of artificial incubation, hand feeding of chickens with a nutritional formula, measuring daily; reintegration of chickens to wildlife, Â breeding flocks in the park , abandoned chicken rescue, injured ones research, biology, behavior and habitat.
With your XcaretÂ tickets youÂ mayÂ see these long-necked birds of candy pink and red plumage, short tail and long legs and enjoy some other attractionsÂ includingÂ Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Show, at dusk. Ask your Travel Agent about Xcaret Tours.