Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas
Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas was founded in 1994 by NGO Pro Petén and International Conservation (IC) through agreements with the National Council of Protected Areas.
Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas was built on the site of "San Rafael" chicle camp, which was known to be one of the most accessible routes to the area via the San Pedro River. In the early 90' this camp became infamous as a center of illegal activities such as the extraction of precious woods, archaeological looting, and illegal hunting and wildlife trade. This led to the construction of the Biological Station, a project that is key to preserving the rainforest of the southeastern portion of the Laguna Del Tigre National Park, in recognition of its enormous biological and archaeological riches.
The job of Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas was difficult at first as ecological predators made it difficult to slow down the degradation of the areas resources. In 1998, a group of farmers were coerced by criminal refuges and burned down all the buildings at the Station. This action resulted in a loss amounted of more than 2 million quetzales. This created problems over land use for agriculture and livestock in the park, which was eventually resolved through mediation with the people involved in these incidents. The mediation was vital in clarifying the role of the EBG as a research and conservation center, among the various stakeholders in the area.
In August 2008, BALAM ASSOCIATION acquired the rights from Pro Petén’s to manage Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas, and restore and refurbish the entire infrastructure, a project which was started this year. The neighboring communities are our best allies; we work together on social and environmental projects to promote the conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the area.
Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas has become a model for conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the southeastern of the Laguna Del Tigre National Park and the Mayan Biosphere Reserve.