Regional Update: Latin America, Caribbean (July 2019)
Mundo Marino Rehabilitates Three Sea Lions
As part of its mission to rehabilitate sick or injured marine animals back into their natural habitat, Argentina’s Mundo Marino recently announced the release of three sea lions back into the wild, marking the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd sea lions that have been rehabilitated by the organization this year. After finding the animals injured and malnourished, scientists at Mundo Marino, with the help of Ecoparque in Buenos Aires, treated the animals and were able to reintroduce them back to the sea weeks after receiving treatment.
Xochitla Creates a Temporary Dinosaur Exhibit
For a limited time, Xochitla Ecological Park in Tepotzotlán, Mexico, offers visitors the chance to become paleontologists through a temporary exhibition presenting the history of the Earth, including evolution and the presence of dinosaurs that roamed Mexico. Focused on bringing scientific details to life, the park created 16 robotic dinosaurs, which move and make sounds, allowing children to better understand dinosaurs’ sizes and how they interacted with one another. Additionally, visitors are able to sift through a sandbox for buried fossil replicas, providing guests with the opportunity to feel what it would be like to unearth dinosaur remains as a real-life paleontologist. The exhibit runs through the end of this month and is open each weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time.
Parque de la Costa Adds Aerial Adventure Park
Argentina’s Parque de la Costa recently opened Aquafan Aventura, an adventure park in Buenos Aires in addition to the park’s existing footprint. The newest addition features “Tirolesa Extrema,” a 210-meter-long zipline that propels visitors 30 meters above the ground at 60 kph; a climbing wall; and aerial circuits that provide both a physical and mental challenge for those willing to give it a go. Additionally, Aquafan Aventura also added numerous inflatables for running, jumping, water walking, and target shooting.