Tulum has been open for parties and large events while most areas have been closed, but the local ecosystem has been suffering majorly due to human influence.
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Head of the Biodiversity Conservation department at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Dr Yann Hénaut spoke about the damage that those in Tulum are doing to its ecosystem. Speaking to The Yucatan Times, Hénaut said:
“The fact of generating noise in natural areas causes a serious impact, although we cannot know it, animal species such as birds, monkeys and other mammals feel their territory invaded and migrate to other places,"
Hénaut continued: "These are things that we do not perceive but that are happening, and it is something very unfortunate because we affect the environment."
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Noise pollution seems to be creating issues for the wildlife in the area, with many species unable to cope with the increased presence of humans and loud sounds that events can create.
Those visiting Tulum have also been accused of “disrupting nature” by adventure sports promoter Rodolfo Sánches, calling for visitors to “respect” the area due to the negative effects fauna in the area is becoming susceptible to.
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