Humanity’s longest lasting impact on the Earth will be the loss of species we drive to extinction.

Fortunately, most extinctions can be prevented with smart, effective conservation actions. For us this means focusing on freshwaters – only 0.8% of Earth’s surface, but housing 10% of biodiversity and 27% of all extinct species.

ZEMPOALA AXOLOTL

ZEMPOALA AXOLOTL

Photo: Juan Antonio Reynoso Moran

ZEMPOALA AXOLOTL environment

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This has to be the world’s most amazing salamander. They can regenerate their limbs and are culturally significant for the indigenous people of Central Mexico, who used them for food and medicine in the past. The Zempoala axolotl lives in just a few high mountain streams and lakes in the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park, outside Mexico City. Invasive carp and trout have been introduced to axolotl breeding lakes and they eat axolotl eggs, young and adults. The Zempoala axolotl has been classified as Endangered, the second highest category of extinction risk.

With the indigenous Chichinautzin community, and researchers at the nearby University of Morelos, we are eradicating invasive trout and carp from several lakes in Lagunas de Zempoala National Park, so that this incredible axolotl can flourish.

To learn more or help out: fwlife.org | @fwlifeorg Contact Bernie Tershy at tershy@FWLife.org

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