Five Wild Picks / Mexico's Top Endangered Species
This week the Center released a
report highlighting the 10 most iconic endangered species in Mexico and calling on the Mexican government to improve protection and understanding for its endangered wildlife. Here are five of the plants and animals highlighted in the report:
1) Vaquita: Fewer than 30 vaquitas likely remain in Mexico's Gulf of California, where these small porpoises are threatened by entanglement in fishing gear.
2) Mexican ajolote salamander: Also known as axolotl, or "water monster," these unique salamanders are threatened by habitat loss, pollution and use in folk remedies.
3) Scarlet macaw: These famous colorful birds have been exterminated from five Mexican states, leaving only two known populations that are threatened by animal trafficking, hunting and logging.
4) Elkhorn coral: The large branches of elkhorn coral provide refuge for a huge variety of species in Caribbean reefs, and their sensitivity to global warming puts the entire ecosystem in danger.
5) White nun orchid: Mexico is home to 200 endangered orchid species, and like many of them, the white nun orchid is threatened by habitat loss and harvesting.