Two thousand species are endangered in Mexico

The National Biodiversity Commission stated that 108,519 of the 519 species that live in Mexico, two thousand 556 are seriously threatened.

03 Dos mil especies animales amenazadas en MéxicoThe National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio- in spansh) argues that from 108,519 species living in Mexico two thousand 556 are in danger, a disturbing fact for a country that focuses an important part of the world fauna.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned that 475 species are endangered, including seriously threatened animals such as the jaguar, the “vaquita marina”, the West Indian manatee, the volcano rabbit and the tapir.

The international agency said that Mexico City and the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Baja California, Nuevo León, Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Veracruz, Campeche, Jalisco, Yucatan, Durango, Tamaulipas and Coahuila, have the largest number of endangered animals.

Among the animals that the WWF called to protect are the “ajolote”, an endemic amphibian which last populations live in Xochimilco, is recognized for its neoteny, a phenomenon that is reproduced in the larval stage.

The Scarlet Macaw is one of two subspecies living in the country and is characterized by its large size. Persecuted and used since pre-Hispanic times, it is estimated that currently only 200 pairs survive in the wild, resulting endangered although its population in the world is of low concern.

The Mexican Gray Wolf was considered extinct in the wild, however, still exists in captivity and reintroduced to the Southwest United States in 1998. In October 2011, five specimens of the Sierra de San Luis were introduced in northeastern Sonora, after 30 years of absence.

In turn, the WWF called on to protect the loggerhead turtle, which has become one of the largest in the coast. Threatened worldwide, turtles temporarily inhabit the coast of Baja California.

Another endangered animal is the black bear, which inhabits in temperate forests of North America, from Canada to northern Mexico, where they are just one of 16 subspecies. Among its main features, its ability to support the entire sole of the foot when walking, in addition to hear and smell above of other mammals.

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