Target: Juan José Guerra Abud, Mexico Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources
Goal: Implement a recovery plan to save the critically endangered axolotl salamander
Six thousand axolotl salamanders were recorded in 1998; however, the population of the species has been steadily declining since. Urbanization and pollution in and near Mexico City has led to the salamander’s natural population to drop to zero. Without further protection, this rare salamander that exists only in captivity now faces an extremely high chance of becoming extinct.
The axolotl, also known as the Mexican salamander, is a unique amphibian that grows legs though does not mature to live on land. This creature keeps its gills and remains aquatic. Because of its dependence on an aquatic habitat, pollution of Mexico City’s surrounding lakes has had a disastrous toll on the salamander.
The axolotl was known to be native to only two different lakes: Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco. A partial part of the salamander’s habitat was destroyed when Lake Chalco was drained to prevent flooding in neighboring cities. Along with pollution, the introduction of foreign species to Lake Xochimilco threatened the axolotl. With no existing members in the wild, this Mexican salamander was labeled as critically endangered by the Internation Union for Conversation of Nature.
It is saddening to see this unique creature’s habitat destroyed and population diminished to zero. Action is necessary to help implement a recovery plan so that the salamander does not become extinct. A natural, wild population must be re-established and higher protection regulations must be enacted for the areas surrounding Mexico City. Sign this petition to encourage Mexican authorities to take action.
Dear Secretary Abud,
The axolotl, also known as the Mexican salamander, is a rare species of amphibian native to your country. The growth of Mexico city, pollution and the introduction of foreign species has destroyed the axolotl’s population. Unfortunately, you can no longer find this salamander in the wild as it now lives only in captivity.
This is a major problem. Not enough was done to ensure the protection of this endangered species’ habitat. I urge you to implement a recovery plan to help rebuild a natural population of axolotl. I also encourage you to work with authorities in Mexico City to decrease pollution in the area and establishing a sustainable environment for this species. The axolotl is a rare, unique species of Mexico that deserves to be protected.
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