Mama Tierra is involved in a nature conservation project in Venezuela to save flamingos in one of the country's most important coastal lagoons. The "Los Olivitos" lagoon is the habitat, shelter and nesting area of the largest population of flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in the Caribbean. In 1996 the UN declared the lagoon a Ramsar area. It is a wetland of international importance because of its biodiversity. The coastal lagoon is also home to sea turtles and endangered animals such as the manatee, the coastal caiman and the great anteater.
Mama Tierra protects an area with the greatest biodiversity in the world!
The coastal lagoon "Los Olivitos" is the most important reproduction site of the Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus Ruber). 99% of the Caribbean flamingos in Venezuela breed their chicks there.
Another 166 bird species and endangered animals such as the manatee (Sirenia), coastal caimans (Crocodylus acutus), the big anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and various sea turtles need the lagoon as their habitat
Hier liegt die Lagune "Los Olivitos"
Without a conservation plan, this fragile ecosystem is predestined to disappear. As a result, the world is losing an important wintering area for many species of migratory birds.
Mama Tierra supports the work of Dr. Torres, who has been protecting flamingos in Venezuela since 2007. Through his work he is known worldwide as a flamingo expert and has represented Venezuela several times in international conferences on environmental protection.
Dr. Lermith Torres
Through your support, the research will be continued at the local level, which in turn will serve the international exchange of information. An important part of the work is to promote bird ringing.
The Olivitos Lagoon and its biodiversity protects Mama Tierra as follows:
1. avoid poaching through signs and patrols.
2. veterinary help for injured and abused wild animals that are exposed to poachers.
3. the removal of rubbish in neighbouring areas through recycling.
4. promoting environmental education and sensitisation of the local population and the neighbouring town of Maracaibo.
5. continuation of scientific studies and bird ringing.