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CEMEX participates in species release in Mexico

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CEMEX has announced that, in collaboration with OVIS, A.C., it participated in the release of a desert bighorn sheep group to the wild within the Sierra El Viejo area in the Mexican state of Sonora. This effort is made in coordination with Mexico's Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources and Sonora's government.

The 13 bighorns released came from UMA El Plomito Ranch and were in the quarantine and pre-release pen. This quarantine process began with nine specimens, but in the last week of December, the birth of four offspring occurred.

This release is of the soft type since the specimens had a drinker and food supplement inside the pre-release pen, and once released, they will be able to explore the outside of the enclosure and thus begin their introduction to wildlife. In the same way, support will be given to these bighorns with sites that include supplemental feed and water that allow their adaptation to the environment. It will enable their monitoring and interaction with other specimens in free life. UMA El Plomito Ranch is located within the desert bighorn management region for Sonora's state, in the Sierra El Viejo area, so their integration into the wild area must be favourable as they are used to its climatic, environmental, and terrain conditions that they shared within the enclosure.

"Besides being a charismatic species, of great ecological and cultural value in our country, the importance of the presence of the bighorn sheep in its natural environment is vital to maintain the well-being of the ecosystems in which it inhabits. We hope that with the reintroduction of several bighorns, we can re-establish healthy populations of this charismatic species," said Sergio Jiménez, Director of Organización Vida Silvestre.

"The reintroduction of the bighorn sheep in Sonora represents one more example of our commitment to the conservation of biodiversity," said Vicente Saiso, CEMEX Head of Sustainability. "It is a successful example of joint work between companies and conservation organisations to create a better future for our planet."

CEMEX has more than 20 years of supporting species conservation efforts, including the bighorn sheep, and has collaborated to conserve this species in Sonora, Coahuila, Chihuahua, and Texas.

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