We were delighted to hear that Aruba's endemic burrowing owls (called “shocos” by locals) were voted in as an official National Symbol by parliament on September 23rd, 2014. That means the birds and their habitats will now be protected by law.
By law, wild donkeys, goats, and iguanas have the right of way on Aruba’s roads. Around 80 different nationalities make up Aruba’s diverse population of about 120,000...
“One Happy Island” is delighted to welcome over one million visitors per year, many of them repeat guests, but considering that this little rock encompasses only 70 square miles, that kind of human traffic can take a toll on the environment.
Aruba has four species of endangered sea turtles returning to its beaches each year to nest between March and October: the leatherback, the loggerhead, the green, and the hawksbill. And they all need human help.
As the most tourism-reliant country in the Caribbean, Aruba wants to keep their visitors happy. But it appears the success of a tourism product is intrinsically tied to the contentment of the local people who provide it.