Conservation And Investigation Programs
Sea Turtle Conservation Program
For over 23 years, the Mazatlan Aquarium has protected 6,289 nests and liberated over 384,000 hatchlings.
The most common specie in the beaches of Mazatlan is the Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and nests from June to November. Liberations take place from August to December with schools, locals and tourists.
Mazatlan Aquarium has incremented the number of nests that have been protected and hopes that with our protection and education efforts this endangered specie recovers.
Brown Pelican Protection Program (Paleacanus occidentals californianus)
This program originated in 1992 and we annually attend about 72 pelicans. They are usually hurt due to hooks, fractures and dehydration. Pelicans that recuperate are integrated back to the wildlife. It is estimated that about 40,000 reproductive pairs currently exist and 60% of those are in the Gulf of California. It is a marine bird that is not in endangered, yet requires our protection.
Whistling Duck Protection Program (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
The reproduction stage takes place annually from May to December in the Bird Island, a protected area, in Mazatlan. During this period, the hatchlings abandon their nest and swim to the swamps in Mazatlan. This bird is not under protection in Mexico nor is it endangered. However, the Aquarium gives protection and hospital care to this endemic bird. We receive around 300 hatchlings annually.
Macaw Protection Program
The Mazatlan Aquarium has a designated area for endangered pesticide. Due to their endangered status, the Aquarium focuses on the reproduction of this bird in captivity which allows the visiting public to experience and learn about the distinct types, behaviors and characteristics of Mexican birds like parrots, parakeets and macaws. In this center, we have been able to successfully reproduce: green macaws, yellow-headed parakeets, and white-headed parrots.
Stranded Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Program
Any hurt and washed up marine mammal that is found in the southern part of Sinaloa comes for clinical attention to the Mazatlan Aquarium. The number of washed-up animals is minimal, yet the majorities that we attend have been affected by fishermen's nets. These animals usually demonstrate amputated limbs and signs of dehydration. Once recuperated, these animals are integrated back to their environment.