Ecoparque El Fenix

Ecoparque el Fenix is located in a mangrove swamp area. Here you can visit a red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) low forest. These trees are adapted to survive in salty water. They are part of the planet lungs, as they produce oxygen and capture carbon dioxide.

The mangrove swamp helps in maintaining the marine food chain. The mangrove roots are stilt shaped to attach to the muddy and flooded soil. The gaps between the roots provide breeding and shelter places for marine fish, snails, crabs, lobsters, sea urchins, barnacles and shrimp.

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The mangrove branches also used for roosting and nesting by a variety of birds, such as herons,  cormorans, frigate, snail kites, storks, mangrove owl and some migratory birds. On the branches you can also find several species of iguanas, some of them considered Endangered.

In aquatic and terrestrial soil, river crocodiles live, this species is under Special Protection. There are also mammals such as racoons, coatis and deer.

The mangrove trees are a natural water filter, avoiding pollution and wastewater generated by humans, to reach the rivers. The strength, with which their roots attached to the soil, protects shores against erosion caused by the waves, storms and hurricanes.

 

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