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Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic

Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic



This unique salamander in Mexico is now fighting against extinction.
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The axolotl is one of the few animals on earth that can regenerate parts of its body. Native to Mexico, the axolotl is an unusual amphibian that has deep roots in Aztec mythology. According to legend, this “water monster” was a god who disguised himself as a salamander to avoid sacrifice. Nowadays, it is critically endangered in the wild because of the pollution and urban sprawl that threaten its habitat in the Mexican Basin.

Scientists and local people have joined together to save the axolotl from extinction. Through a breeding program, new colonies of axolotls are released into a restricted area where they can thrive under close monitoring. The hope is for this species to repopulate and survive in its natural environment.

Read “Watch How Bizarre ‘Water Monsters’ Get a Second Chance” on National Geographic News.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/endangered-axolotls-conservation-mexico-city-chinampa/

Learn more about the axolotl.
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/axolotl/

Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic

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49 comments

  1. Axotl larva……salamander

  2. HELP THEM I DO NOT HATE THEM

  3. 0:21 muffin and chiffon are bonding aawww

  4. They're thriving in the pet trade. Im sure if the conservation programs contacted some prominent American Breeders, some of them would be willing to help with repopulation

  5. I have an aquarium with three of them, very cute animals..

  6. Yep… We are endangered species…

  7. his voice is asmr for me

  8. They are underaged salamanders

  9. I have 5 axolotls in my possession check my instagram @mark_aquaticprojects

  10. It's not our place to exploit a world of creatures that have the same right to exist on the same planet as us

  11. We have destroyed lots of extraordinary things. I hate the human race.

  12. Um can you keep one as a pet it looks cute

  13. If its endangered in Mexico the little guys are doomed. Those people cant get a plan and stick to it for nothing. Mexico has a lot of undeveloped natural lands. I am positive they thrive elsewhere. If they can regrow body parts they are one of the least susceptible creatures there are.

  14. These things literally hold the capacity for immortality and we are somehow managing to kill them off.

  15. I actually think the pink ones are cute

  16. I love these lil guys i have one

  17. Oh my god Im so happy they produce so many eggs so they don't die out quick since they are my fav animal

  18. I want one of them as a pet 😍 So adorable 😍👌

  19. Start fishing for those tilapia

  20. if your wondering why it looks like there constantly staring at something there looking into the span of the cosmos

  21. My school has one as a class pet

  22. These are critically endangered?? The reptile store I go to has so many of these, I think they might breed them

  23. I have a pink axolotl and her name is Calypso. They are such beautiful creatures.

  24. I've wanted an axolotl since I was ten, but seeing this video made me change my mind. I dOnt waNt To bE a bAD PErson

  25. So my pet Pickle is endangered…..(aka my axolotl) TO CAPTIVE BREEDING!!

  26. When they become less extinct I'm going to ask my science teacher if we can get one

  27. I have a pet acolotl named Benny. He's the best.

  28. Hey stupid guys I am at a Singapore you can come got space in a Singapore do you need you

  29. mom watching religion channel
    me: MOM ARE U SURE WE WERENT ORIGINATED FROM SEA MONKEYS

  30. Great video I love this animals

  31. WHAT THE HECK NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AXOLOTLS CAN'T BE KEPT IN TANKS THAT SMALL + 1 AXOLOTL PLUS TEN GALLONS DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEM

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