Camagüey, Nov. 14.- Endemic and endangered exotic species of the Sabana-Camagüey archipelago, the second largest in Cuba, are preserved in the Botanical Park of this city, in operation for more than four years, with the commitment to conserve valuable natural resources in the area and promote environmental culture.
Among the most visited recreational spaces in the city and located east of the city, on its periphery, the site has 72 hectares and treasures a collection of more than 800 plant species that include sun and shade varieties, aquatic, orchids, Cacti, bamboos, ferns and other with proven health properties.
With the aspiration to reach the category of Botanical Garden, specialists, managers and collaborators to the site identify and classify the species, complete the collections by botanical areas and enhance scientific research within the institution.
Willingness joins that purpose with the advice of a group of experts from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), the Cuban Botany Society in the territory and the University of Camagüey Ignacio Agramonte.
A butterfly farm, a research project in which the above-mentioned college participates, is an example of the efforts made in these domains to promote environmental culture in coordination with the United Nations Development Program.
This garden has one of the best infrastructures in the country, due to the availability of facilities for botany development and a well-defined agenda for interaction with the public, especially with children and young people.
Other attractions of the place include the bar-restaurant La Cueva, located in an artificial cave of singular charm, the glass-roofed greenhouse, an area for the sale of ornamental plants, swimming pool for infants, a nine-meter high viewpoint, destined sites to horse riding, as well as spaces for camping and boat rides.
Recreational options harmonize with the natural values of the Botanical Park, an ideal environment for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. (Text and photo: ACN)