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Thursday January 20, 2011

In Mexico: More than 1,200 Plant and Wildlife Species At Risk

In Mexico: More than 1,200 Plant and Wildlife Species At Risk

Photo: The Vaquita

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Environmentalists say that more than 1,200 species of indigenous wildlife and plants in Mexico are in danger.

According to the Mexican Environmental Law Center (known as CEMDA), around 500 species are in danger of extinction, and another 700 are threatened. In 2001, the number of species on the verge of extinction was 372.

A spokesperson for CEMDA said that among the most endangered species is a porpoise native to the northern part of Mexico’s Gulf of California known as the vaquita, or “little cow.” It is believed that there are only around 600 still in existence.

Despite the ban on the hunting, trafficking and selling of the species, most of the sea turtles along Mexico’s Caribbean coasts are said to be critically endangered despite and a few, like the hawksbill turtle, are even worse off.

It has also been reported that 50 percent of macaw and parakeet species are quite close to becoming extinct.

Greenpeace Mexico’s coordinator says Mexico’s official statutes have been ineffectual in terms of “providing legal protection for wild species,” and environmental organization agree and say that since 1994, when the official regulatory statute was passed, the number of endangered species has actually seen a sharp increase.

Gustavo Alanis, the President of CEMDA, says that it is necessary to promote less obstructive and violent was to utilize resources, and wildlife, if these species are to remain in existence.