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Grand Opening for the New Iguaca Aviary will be held in Puerto Rico Important Accomplishment for the Recovery of the Puerto Rican Parrot




April 18, 2007


Lilibeth Serrano, (787) 851-7297 ext. 239
Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291


El Portal - El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico.
New Iguaca Aviary - managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Saturday, April 28, 2007
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.-Ceremony (by invitation only):
Dedication, official remarks, ribbon cutting, unveiling of a bronze plaque to recognize donors. Symbolic transfer of the first pair of parrots from the old aviary to the new Iguaca Aviary and release inside the new flight cage. The winner of the First Puerto Rican Parrot Woodcarving Contest will be announced. Special performance by the youth folk group Herencia Cultural.

1:00-4:30 p.m. Public Open House – Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the public to visit the new facility before the captive parrot population is transferred from the old aviary. (For more information, please see attached public announcement)


  • P. Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Interior
  • Javier Vélez Arocho, Secretary for the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.
  • U.S. Forest Service Officials


To get to El Portal from San Juan, follow road PR-3 to Río Grande. Take a right turn on PR-191 (entrance to El Yunque). Drive 4.2 Km. Entrance to El Portal will be to your right.

The media should arrive no later than 10 a.m. Direct access to the event is limited to the general public. Members of the press that RSVP will be identified to ensure quick access to the event. To confirm your attendance and receive further instructions call (787) 505-4397 or (787) 851-7297 ext. 239.


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