As one of the 17 “megadiverse” countries in the world, the amount of wildlife to be found in Mexico is simply staggering. This country is home to 10-12% of the world’s biodiversity and this means that no matter which part of the country you choose to explore, you will be met with a plethora of animal life. Mexico ranks first in the world for biodiversity in reptiles with 707 species, second for mammals with 438 species, and fourth for amphibians with 290 species. The government has made huge efforts to help protect the wildlife in the country too, with the creation of 34 reserve biospheres, 64 National Parks, and 17 sanctuaries.
In a country which boasts such a vast and varied amount of wildlife, volunteering in Mexico is something that should be on everybody’s to-do list. You will get the chance to explore one of the most naturally diverse countries in the world in a way few other have, so take a look and find out more.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Mexico may not be wildlife, but as we mentioned above the country is one of the most species rich locations on Earth. Mexico harbours a wealth of ecosystems and as a result it plays host to a wide variety of animal life. Some of the animals you can expect to see roaming across the Mexican ecosystems include; iguanas, howler monkeys, parrots, jaguars, ocelots, and even flamingos!
However, some of the most spectacular animal’s sightings to be had in Mexico are to be found beneath the waves. Surrounded by both the Bay of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, the marine wildlife on show here is second to none. If you travel to Mexico you may be able to spot; manatee’s, grey whales, manta rays, whale sharks and even bull sharks in certain waters. If you love wildlife and want to have the chance to see it in its natural environment, Mexico is the place to visit.
Mexico’s culture stretches back 100’s of years and is famous around the world for its ancient civilizations and varied historical traditions. A huge percentage of the country speaks Spanish, but there are small pockets around the country which still speak one of the 62 different Amerindian languages.
One of the most famous holidays in Mexico is the Day of the Dead, and this holiday is celebrated each year as a way to remember those who are no longer with us. The festival has grown over the years, and nowadays it is common to see people dressed in bright colours with intricately carved sugar skulls! The people of Mexico are extremely welcoming and love sharing their culture with people of other nationalities, so one thing for sure and that is that you will leave Mexico with some life changing memories!
As has been already mentioned, Mexico is one of the best places in the world to go to if you are looking to spot wildlife, but it is not solely the animal attractions that draw people to the country. Some of the places you could visit include: