Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

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This Reserve is located in the eastern tip of the Yucatan coastline. It has a high diversity of flora and fauna due to the different ecosystems that are found there, namely low jungle, savannah and mangroves. From the latter, it should be mentioned that Ría Lagartos has one of the most important and extensive mangroves in Yucatan, whose waters are home to a variety of mollusks, crustaceans and fish. It is thus considered as one of the most important wetlands as it is, among other things, the first habitat stop for migratory birds from the United States and Canada.

It is possible to spot roseate spoonbills, ibis, herons and egrets, storks, ospreys and snakebird, among many others. It is also a meeting point for flamencos during nesting times, with over 43,000 specimens. The correct conservation of this ecosystem ensures the continuous reproduction of over 385 bird species, including 56 endemic species such as the Yucatan wren.

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