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Cozumel raising driver awareness of island’s wild animals

Cozumel, Q.R. — The Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel (FPMC) is inviting Cozumel drivers to drive with care to save wildlife. Drivers are welcome to join the campaign outside the Center of Conservation and Environmental Education (CCEA) July 15.

The campaign is being promoted to raise awareness and conservation of the island’s natural resources including its wildlife.

The director of Conservation and Environmental Education (CEA), Rafael Chacón Díaz, says the program “Drive with caution and save wildlife” is to remind all drivers to reduce their speed to avoid running over the island’s wildlife.

The Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel, headed by José Luis Chacón Méndez, is hoping to reduce the rates of injuries and deaths of slow-moving animals that try to cross island roadways.

Some of the most often injured and killed animals include species of mammals, reptiles and birds such as the Cozumel dwarf raccoon, coatis and iguanas.

On Wednesday morning, another jaguar was found laying dead from a highway hit and run. The animal was located near the town of Akumal. It has been struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.