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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Yucatan Wildlife Tours - Set About A Good Adventure

By Frank D Gardner

Yucatan is without a doubt the place to be if you are looking for a good adventure. The Yucatan Peninsula is full of a lot of marvelous locations as well as sights to see, including ancient stone ruins of the Mayan civilization, vast tropical jungles rich with diverse wildlife, tropical and migratory bird species.

What makes the wildlife in Yucatan highly varied is the abundant ecosystem found in the entire peninsula. The birds natural habitat as well as other animals are well preserved in places in form of reserves, national parks, reserves and biosphere. In Yucatan you will find lots of captivating creatures from exquisite birds to fearsome-looking crocodiles.

The Yucatan's Wildlife And Geography

The Yucatan Peninsula rests on top of a small, constantly-moving underwater limestone platform. The peninsula itself is steadily moving upwards as well as rising above sea level. The truth is, Merida which is the northernmost tip of the peninsula, was immersed right up until it appeared a million years ago. Tikal and its parts were also used to be underwater. Considering that the inland's of northern Yucatan are usually flat and low, there aren't any rivers or streams.

Nature is in abundance and the wildlife is diverse i the inner part of the peninsula. You will find more than 125 species of mammals, 180 species of reptiles. 546 bird species grouped in 74 families, as well as numerous more insects, fishes and amphibians.

You can find species of mammals in the peninsula, for example, the Yucatan Squirrel, are half-endemic. Felines including the Jaguar, Puma, and Margay hunt the deeper jungles and hunt in their vast territories. For tourists visiting the inlands of Yucatan consider their elusive beauty as a special attraction. Chances are you'll also bump into several other mammals such as the Agouti, Coatimundi, Oposum.

Tropical Bird Species

Yucatan is a natural habitat of 546 species of birds which are divided into 74 different families. Among those species, 18 can be seen only in the jungles of Yucatan. Due to its overflowing bird wildlife, bird watching is a very popular activity in the peninsula and could be conducted almost anywhere. In the swamps, deep jungles, shorelines, mangrove lagoons and in the stone cities of the ancient Mayan ruins are where tourists can see endless birds flocking together. Two of the most well known bird watching sites are the Chichen Itza and Coba. The surrounding areas of Cancun are additionally very good area to go birding.

You will see some common birds in the area such as Turquoise-browed Motmot, Groove-billed Ani, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Social Flycatcher and Ruddy Ground-Dove, White-winged Dove. Vimeo, Thrasher and Cozumel Emerald are the endemic species found in the Yucatan. The Thrasher, nonetheless, happens to be last seen in 2006 right after a tough hurricane struck the peninsula. Amongst other more widely encountered species are the Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Nightjar, Black Catbird, Rose-throated Tanager, Orange Oriole, and Yellow-lored or Yucatan Parrot.

Species Of Crocodiles

Tourists can find many crocodile parks in the Yucatan, whereby two of the most popular attractions are the American crocodile and the Morelet's crocodile. They are both freshwater crocodilian species which can be found virtually around the peninsula.

Why Should You Consider Having A Yucatan Wildlife Adventure

Touring Yucatan could be perfect for you if you are looking for a good adventure in the wilderness, wanting to visit ancient sites, or simply planning to go bird watching.

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