June 2nd, 2011
To paint the sky with their colors, that seems to be the macaws’ purpose. They’re beautiful birds that can to be found in Mexico throughout Central America and, unfortunately, they’re endangered. But on 2009, Xcaret recorded 105 births of green and red macaws and that’s why this beautiful natural park in the Riviera Maya got into the Guinnes Book!
It was such a magic moment at Xcaret. Outside of the San Francisco of Assisi Chapel, the highest spot in the park, tens of macaws flied away at the same time. A huge rainbow -red, blue, yellow green- scattered in the horizon of the Caribbean Sea.
A few minutes before, Kimberly Partrick from Guinness World Records has delivered the Guinness World Record to Xcaret’s CEO Miguel Quintana for the largest number of macaws born in a single location in a year. It’s the only world record given by the Guinness World Record (GWR) to a reproduction of endangered species program!
The work team of the Macaw Reproduction Program at Xcaret was recognized for their efforts by Quintana Pali. After eighteen years of hard work, this natural park has the most important Macaw Reproduction Center within Mexico and beyond its borders.
When Quintana Pali received the Guinness certificate, he said the main purpose of the Macaw Reproduction Program at Xcaret 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, in areas where there are still large stretches of jungle such as the state of Chiapas.
It is very important to say the macaws are there in Xcaret just for exhibit and reproduction purposes. Macaws are in the endangered species lists throughout the world, due mainly to the destruction of their habitats and the unrestrained capture of this species to sell them as pets. Xcaret rejects the illegal sale and traffic of wild species.
If you visited Xcaret, maybe you have a souvenir photo with the Xcaret macaws. Did you have fun looking at them posing for your camera? What to you think about this Xcaret’s Guinness record? Tell us!