Environmental Golf Courses #8 – Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Mexico

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The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, was host to the UN COP16 Climate Convention last year and is recognized by GEO for ecosystem revitalization and native habitat protection for rare jaguars, crocodiles, frogs, turtles, lizards, and birds.

More than two-thirds of the property, including 124 acres of wetlands, is a nature preserve. The wildlife there is monitored by staff and frequently spotted by golfers on each of the property’s three nine-hole courses. Habitat areas are connected to one another inside the property, and then to surrounding jungle and coastline. Golf was planned around sensitive wetland habitats, including cenotes, or sinkholes, that expose groundwater.

Tasha Eichenseher (source – National Geographic – “National Geographic News series on global water issues.