Mi­choacán, Mex­ico

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

Snow leop­ards, monarch but­ter­flies, pen­guin chicks and star­lings

The first morn­ing sun­light be­gins to pierce the for­est canopy and then, one by one, the but­ter­flies take to the air. Be­fore long, there are small groups flut­ter­ing up­wards to­gether, and then great rib­bons and swathes of burn­ing orange as mil­lions of del­i­cate wings unite. It is worth the early alarm and chal­leng­ing climb to see monarch but­ter­flies at the El Rosario but­ter­fly sanc­tu­ary (open mid-Novem­ber to late March), sit­u­ated in the Monarch But­ter­fly Bio­sphere Re­serve. These in­sects em­bark on an epic an­nual jour­ney south to over­win­ter in Mex­ico’s oy­amel fir trees.

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