· Guinness World Record for the largest number of macaws born in a single place
· The birth of 105 Scarlet and Green Macaw chicks was recorded in 2009; all survived
· The most important Macaw Reproduction Center within Mexico and beyond our borders can be found here with almost 800 specimens.
CANCUN-RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO, JUNE 1, 2011. Xcaret Park, one of the most important tourist attractions in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, obtained the Guinness World Record for the largest number of macaws born in a single location in a year, with 105 live births in 2009. This means 95 Scarlet Macaws (Arao macao) and 10 Green ones (Ara militaris) were born that year and are now around two years of age. It's the only world record given by the Guinness World Record (GWR) to a reproduction of endangered species program.
Xcaret has the most important macaw reproduction center in Mexico and internationally, thanks to an ambitious program created in 1993 to preserve this endangered species. With the passing of time, the reproduction techniques developed by the park specialists have been refined in every stage needed for the successful reproduction of the species: sexing, pairing, health, incubation, artificial breeding and transition stages.
Due to the Park's philosophy to promote the preservation of the natural and cultural wealth of Mexico and thanks to the excellent handling of its Unit for Preservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Wildlife, today there are 772 macaws in Xcaret. The first live births were achieved in 1994 with 6 chicks, and little by little the number of births has increased, reaching an average of 100 macaws per year.
The Macaw Reproduction Program at Xcaret has been developed strictly according to norm: all births are registered before the authorities and each specimen is duly identified. Macaws are mainly there for exhibit and reproduction purposes. At Xcaret, we reject the illegal sale and traffic of wild species.
The purposes of boosting the Reproduction Program are related to one of its main goals, which is to reintegrate the macaws born at the Park to their natural habitats, and thus contribute to increasing the populations that already exist there today.
Today, we are working on a medium-term project to reintegrate macaws to their original habitats, in areas where there are still large stretches of jungle such as the state of Chiapas.
Why care for macaws?
Macaws in our country, as well as other psitacid birds such as parrots, can be found on the endangered species lists throughout the world, due mainly to the destruction of their habitats and the unrestrained capture of these species to sell them as pets.
In Mexico, besides being listed as part of the Mexican Regulations that group species at risk, macaws have been included in a special section that limits the sale and handling of these species and there have been very few programs throughout the world recovering them.
Historically, the Scarlet Macaw could be found from the south of Tamaulipas and Oaxaca in Mexico throughout Central America, reaching the Magdalena Valley in Colombia and, on the side of the Andes, from the Amazon region to Santa Cruz in Bolivia and the north of Matto Grosso in Brazil.
The Ara macao cyanoptera subspecies extended from Mexico to Belize passing through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Central Nicaragua, while the Ara macao macao species could be found from Panama to South America.
Today, the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) can be found only in the Lacandon jungle and other areas of the state of Chiapas. There have also been some sightings of a population in the state of Oaxaca in the Chimalapas jungle. There are very few studies to determine their distribution; however, according to sighting reports, their population was drastically reduced in Mexico between 1980 and 2008, with a similar situation in Belize and Guatemala.
For further information please contact:
Claudia Perez Cornelio