The Scarlet Macaw in Danger of Extinction is Back!

During our stay in Palenque, Chiapas, the Heritage Route discovered with interests the conservation program about the Scarlet Macaw. The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is the largest parrot in the world and is member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called Macaws.

World Heritage in Danger of Extinction

In front of the Aluxes Eco Park with PhD Alejandro Estrada, Palenque, México

In front of the Aluxes Eco Park with PhD Alejandro Estrada, Palenque, México

The Scarlet Macaw can be found in tropical rainforests of Central and South America, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. It  is one of most endangered species in Latin America. It is estimated that now only a mere 2% of the original populations exists in its wild habitat (the original distribution in Mexico covered the southern lowlands of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas states), which means about 50 individuals in the mountain region known as Chimalapas (Oaxaca, Mexico), 150-200  units near the Guatemalan border of Mexico (Biosphere Reserves Montes Azules / Sierra Lacandona) and 200 more between Belize and Guatemala. Mexico hosted the major part of the species populations. Then, not only is the conservation of the remaining populations in Mexico important for the country itself, but also for the whole world. In 2010, the species was listed as « in danger of extinction » by the Environment Agency (SEMARNAT). It is extinct in Palenque for more than 70 years ago. Lire la suite