Mérida, Yucatán — An interactive ecological park is about to open where 500 exotic birds from Mexico City are feathering their nests.
Peacocks, parrots, golden pheasants, swans and other birds are just the beginning at Baxal Ja, which the state has been building since March at the Xmatkuil fairgrounds — used chiefly for the state fair, which is happening now, and Carnaval in February.
The park consists of three areas: a 3,000-square-meter aviary, a 1,000-square-meter butterfly house and a small farm and petting zoo with small horses, donkeys, goats, llama, rabbits and chickens.
The butterfly house will contain 19 native species, with an initial population of 1,200.
Missing its deadline of Oct. 26, which would have been in time for the fair, the new date of its inauguration has not yet been announced.
Baxal Ja, which is paired with a water park that was also behind schedule, can fit 1,500 visitors and open year round on weekends, holidays and from Tuesday to Sunday for scheduled visits, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is 80 pesos per person, adults and children.