Around 300 animals have been rescued and relocated so far in Atlantic area of the expansion project of the Panama Canal, during a campaign that has been running for the last 5 months.
The most common group has been reptiles, mostly crocodiles and iguanas, followed by mammals, amphibians and birds, especially those that are characterized as flightless.
Environmental biologists are working extensively to reduce the most negative impacts caused to the animals. Daisy Ayarza-Alarcón, regional lead on the project, said, “Relevant information obtained serves as a basis to adjust, refocus and plan re-homing projects”.
The Panama Canal expansion project, also called the Third Set of Locks Project, will double the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2015, by creating a new lane of traffic and allowing more and larger ships to pass through.