Yucatan R.A.V.E. — Bound for Cozumel

Now that our Toft Photo Jaguars and Pantanal Brazil Workshop and Optional Pre-or-Post Trip Extension to Piaui is open for regis­tra­tion (hurry, this trip is expected to sell out quickly due to limited space and lodge avail­ability), I am able to concen­trate on my upcoming ILCP RAVE to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

I will spend the later part of September in Cozumel, which is off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, photographing endemics unique to the area. A surprising number of organ­isms are endemic to this region. Among animals, the Yucatan’s reptiles and amphib­ians are partic­u­larly rich in endemics. For endemic birds, Cozumel Island is espe­cially notable because it is home to three unique species: the Cozumel Emerald humming­bird, the Cozumel Vireo and the Cozumel Thrasher. Incidentally, the Cozumel Thrasher is cate­go­rized as crit­i­cally endan­gered as very few are thought to exist, due in large part to Hurricane Gilbert that slammed the island in September 1988.

For more infor­ma­tion on the International League of Conservation Photographers R.A.V.E. (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) Yucatan or other expe­di­tions, please visit the ILCP.