Las Tunas.-To the south of the province of Las Tunas, in Cayo Rabihorcado, an extension to the protected area of national interest, San Miguel del Junco Managed Floristic Reserve, researchers maintain the hope of rediscovering native plants and animals that are considered practically extinct in other areas of the country.

Agroforestry workers and the ranger corps reinforce the conscious vigilance of the natural treasure that they have placed in their care, since it is a semi-virgin area, unique in the Cuban geography.

The monitoring of the fauna of the Key and the restoration of the ecosystems stand out, as well as the projections to develop nature tourism with the creation of ecological trails. This work has contributed to controlling forest fires in the region and reducing the damage caused by illegal logging, fishing and hunting.

Categorized as a Fauna Refuge, on the islet the presence of the iguana, the jutía, and a varied avifauna that includes the sea bird called, Rabihorcado known scientifically as Fregata magnificens, a species that is in danger of extinction due to having the growth slowest of all seabirds, apart from laying a single egg.

Likewise, the specialist of the Las Tunas Agroforestry Company, Jesús Miguel Rosabal Neira, highlighted that the plant formations of the place are very well preserved and constitute a paradise for the study of naturalists, especially botanists, because its mangrove forests, the Gallery forests, natural savannahs and fine white sand beaches are difficult to find in the rest of the country due to their scenic beauty.

Author: Tania Ramirez