The Governor of the beautiful Yucatan, Felix Canto, has decided to further their avian conservatory efforts by announcing the creation of not one or two, but three new protected area across the peninsula. The total protected area of the bio-reserves stretches across 76,000 square acres of open Yucatan jungle, woodland, and forest.
The separate wildlife reserves are meant to protect different species. The new Yucatan bio-reserve named Chichankanab Lagoon State Reserve, covering 28,000 acres, and its sister bio-reserve, the Bacalar Lagoon Ecological State Park, covering only 12 acres, are both dedicated to preserving water resources on the small island.
Protecting the Yucatan Peninsula
The third bio reserve is actually being constructed on a small island off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, called Cozumel. The 49,000 square acre reserve named simply Cozumel Forest and Wetlands State Reserve was created to the forest and wetland resources of Cozumel, of course.
Different Animal Species
The Executive Director of Amigos de Sian Ka’an Gonzalo Merediz commented, saying… “The new protected area in Cozumel is one of the most important conservation actions by the state government of Quintana Roo in many years. It not only represents a tool to preserve pristine tropical forest and endemic bird and mammal species, it also helps to promote a sustainable development on the largest inhabited island in Mexico and the most important cruise destination in the world. On the other hand the official protection of the Chichankanab Lake creates the opportunity to create low impact ecotourism projects to help the local communities that are among the poorest in the Yucatan while directly protecting six endemic fish species”
One of the big reasons the largest of the three new Yucatan bio-reserves was built in Cozumel was for the Cozumel Thrasher. The Cozumel Thrasher hasn’t been seen since the massive Hurricane season of 2007, but it is the countries most treasured bird, so they spare no expense in the hopes of reviving the rare avian species. The funding and construction of this bio-reserve will give the Cozumel Thrasher a place to live in safety as in one of the few areas that it may still inhabit.
There are lists of other endangered birds that are scraping their way back from being endangered. The companies helping these nearly extinct members of the Yucatan wildlife is the television company ABC and it’s Mexico based partner named Amigos di Sian Ka’an. They provide a great deal of the funding required to protect many of the endangered avian residing in the Yucatan bio-reserves, but it doesn’t work without the help of the feet on the ground. That is supplied by the Yucatan Peninsula Avian Alliance. They watch, protect and help when absolutely necessary to give these endangered animals a fair chance at a full recovery as a species.
Other Bird Species
A few of the other bird species being protected are the Reddish Egret, the Wood Thrush, and the Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Prothonotary Warblers. With the help of the people that once hunted them, these birds can come back from the brink of utter extinction.