Vaquita, Sea Turtles Among Mexico's Top 10 At-risk Species
The Center for Biological Diversity has just released a report highlighting the 10 most iconic endangered species in Mexico. It calls for better protection of them and for Mexico's government to study 2,600 other species around the country.
The top 10 iconic species at risk of extinction are the vaquita porpoise, leatherback sea turtle, Mexican gray wolf, ajolote salamander, scarlet macaw, monarch butterfly, elkhorn coral, sea cucumber, white nun orchid and jaguar.
"Some of Mexico's most treasured species desperately need our help," said Alejandro Olivera, the Center's Mexico representative. "There are fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the world, and Mexico's leatherback sea turtles have recently declined by 97 percent. Saving these species requires real change, including by protecting them from habitat loss, climate change and illegal trade."
Read more in our press release.