Family of Dr. Jesus Estudillo Lopez, Owners
CONANP (Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas)
In 1952, located in a jungle-setting in Ixtapaluca, Mexico, Dr. Jesus Estudillo Lopez, renowned ornithologist, researcher and veterinarian, started a life-long career to preserve endangered species. Until his death in 2010, his more than 300 species (many endangered) at Vida Silvestre were considered to be among the largest and most diverse private bird collections in the world. During the past several years, the DWA has been involved with Vida Silvestre, particularly with Cracids, Cotingas, Raptors and Trogons. This relationship has allowed for the exchange of not only species, but successful husbandry practices and dietary emphasis. The park, now known as El Nido (The Nest), is open to the public. Home to 3,000 birds and 320 different species, including the quetzal with its brilliant green plumage, the park is helping bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction.