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Mangrove restoration project sees 25 pink flamingos call Cozumel home

Cozumel, Q.R. — After five years of restoration work on the mangrove ecosystem in the Punta Sur Ecotourism Park, the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation has registered a colony of approximately 25 pink flamingos.

The birds were recorded in the Chunchacaab lagoon area, which is being noted as a positive indicator that the ecosystem is in good health and is becoming a shelter for these birds that are emblematic in the Yucatecan Peninsula.

During this year, the arrival of the 25 pink flamingos was detected in the mangrove restoration area that includes both adults and young birds. Parque Ecoturístico Punta Sur director Jesús Benavides Andrade, says some of the birds have remained in the area throughout the year.

He explained that the flamingo colony has increased and indicated that in March, a specimen ringed with the DLAS code that was born in Angostura in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve during the reproductive cycle of the 2016 year, was spotted.

Benavides Andrade explained that this information is added to the program of sightings that is collected, allowing them to verify that this is the same population that moves between Mexico and Cuba.

He added that the Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel (FPMC) through the Punta Sur Ecological Park, is also working with the Pedro and Elena Hernández AC Foundation, which works to strengthen a stable population and protect the critical habitats of the pink flamingo around the Yucatan Peninsula.