Local flora/fauna, Puerto Rico
The flora and fauna in Puerto Rico is gorgeous. They have beautiful mountains crowded with lush trees! And, those trees and flowers are beautiful...
Fondest memory: I just loved taking pictures of the wild flowers
You might see in the trees of El Yunque these metal objects, huge pipes which are being used for conservation efforts for the green parrot. These are a bit rusty and snugly situated in the trees. You will also notice that there are camouflaged decks from which the scientists can observe the birds if they do use the pipes for nesting.
Why save them? Because they are so critically endangered (1994)and it has been a symbol of Puerto Rico! Its natural habitat has been removed and so in 2006, the estimates were that there were only about 40 parrots in the wild and 143 in captivitiy…what they have done now is that have a hatchling area where parrots of a similar species have helped in the reproductive cycle.
The green parrot is the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico.
Our guide Jose said if any of us sees one – he’ll drop dead because he has never seen one. It is about 12 inches (30 cm) with a red forehead and white rings around the eyes. The problems is they reproduce only once a year and sexual maturity is not until 4 years of age. And their diet is mainly from the forest canopy and wild fruits and flowers which have been disappearing from the archicpelago.
Favorite thing: Just wanted to let everyone know to expect an encounter with an iguana if you are traveling outside of metropolitan San Juan. I thought it was awesome to see these creatures crawling around unabashedly to get the best spot in the sun. If you are afraid of them do not worry they are pretty harmless. Most of them will scurry away if approached and unless you try to stick your fingers in their mouths they won't hurt you.