Frontier Airlines is celebrating its new growth in the Caribbean and Latin American markets with a campaign to underscore the plight of endangered animal species in six popular destinations the airline currently serves in the region. Consumers are encouraged to participate by choosing the next endangered animal to be featured on the tail of one of Frontier’s new, ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft. Plus, voters are entered for a chance to win an unforgettable seven-night vacation to the tropical destination where the animal they selected is from. A second animal from among the six will be chosen at random to also be featured on another upcoming plane tail.
Frontier has rapidly expanded service in the Caribbean and Latin America and now offers 65 routes to 17 tropical destinations. The remarkable growth has propagated lower fares and more convenient flights to some of the most popular vacation spots featuring world-class beaches, breathtaking views and, of course, exotic wildlife.
The six animals to choose from are:
Voting is open through Feb. 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Visit https://1.shortstack.com/1zRmmg for sweepstakes rules and to cast your vote.
About the Animals:
The Pink Headed Warbler – Guatemala
The Pink-Headed Warbler is endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas. It prefers to make its home in forests of oak, pine and fir, as well as shrubs. Classified as vulnerable, this population of warbler is threatened by habitat loss due to human development.
The Whistling Duck – Antigua
Restricted to the northern West Indies, the West Indian Whistling-Duck is among the rarest ducks in the Americas and is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This regional endemic has a total population of about 15,000 individuals but has suffered significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive mammalian predators and hunting.
The Two Toed Sloth – Costa Rica
Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, also known as the northern two-toed sloth is a species of sloth from Central and South America. It is a solitary, largely nocturnal and arboreal animal, found in mature and secondary rainforests and deciduous forests. The decline of sloth populations is due to deforestation and urbanization, which have resulted in a multitude of risks for sloths. Due to habitat loss sloths are coming down to the ground more frequently, and are therefore vulnerable to dog attacks, car strikes, and poaching.
The Yellow Headed Parrot – Belize
The Belizean Yellow-headed Parrot has been experiencing severe population declines since at least the mid-1970s when poachers began aggressively pursuing them for the illegal pet trade. The illegal harvest of parrot chicks and habitat loss of open pine savannas has left less than 7,000 YHPs in the wild today according to Bird Life International. Extinction in our lifetime is a real possibility for this species.
The Bahama Warbler – The Bahamas
Only found on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, this bird is a habitat specialist, being found almost exclusively in the pine forests of those islands. It is one of the 7 endemic bird species of The Bahamas, meaning it is only found here and nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, The Bahama Warbler is becoming what we would call a “Climate Change Casualty.” After Hurricane Dorian ravished Abaco and Grand Bahama in 2019, these birds disappeared from Grand Bahama and have not been seen since. This led to the BNT writing to the IUCN to have this bird elevated to an endangered species.
The Coqui Llanero – Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican lowland coquí is the most recently discovered (2005), and it’s one of the smallest tree frogs in the world. Mature llaneros are no wider than a dime and generally yellowish in color, with reversed comma patterns on their sides. Their tiny stature squeezes their vocal range into the highest pitch of almost any frog – just barely audible to human ears. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in Oct 2012 it would protect the rare, recently discovered Puerto Rican frog, the coquí llanero, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The protection includes 615 acres of freshwater wetland as critical habitat in northern Puerto Rico.