The CITES Endangered Animal of the Week:
The Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
On the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day, we would like to introduce to you this week Axolotl. Axolotl (A. mexicanum) is known only from central Mexico, on the southern edge of Mexico City, in canals and wetlands. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish”, of course, it is not a fish, but an amphibian, a salamander.
The surviving wild population is very small. The desiccation and pollution of the canal system and lakes as well as the traditional consumption of the species by local people are threatening the survival of this species. The species is also captured for medicinal purposes. It used to be captured for the international pet trade too, although it is likely that all animals in the international trade are now of captive origin.
Axolotl was included in CITES Appendix II in 1975. It is currently under the process of “Periodic Review of species included in CITES Appendices”.
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