Mazatlan Aquarium achieves the reproduction of rare axolotls


There are around 200 first pups that are born in the institution six months after their arrival.

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- In its work for the conservation of wildlife, this week the Mazatlan Aquarium hatched and fed the Mexican axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), the first Mazatlan axolotls.

As reported by the paramunicipal, it is about the first 200 offspring approximately, which aims to be an important contribution for the species.

The hatching of these amphibians took place on February 9, after six months of their arrival at the facilities, through the collaboration agreement with the Inbursa Aquarium, and in a slow process of adaptation of the environment, as well as the generation of the conditions for monitoring its reproduction.

The achievement is thanks to the experience and dedication of each one of the collaborators of the responsible area.

The also called axolotl is a long and cylindrical salamander, which reaches a length of about 30 centimeters, its legs are short, it has four fingers on each of its front legs and five fingers on each of its hind legs.

This species can live 10 to 15 years in the wild and up to 25 years under human care.

Photo: Courtesy | Mazatlan Aquarium

Currently, it is classified as critically endangered according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The main causes for them to be in such a situation are the loss of habitat, the existence of invasive species, overexploitation, pollution, and their consumption as food.

The habitat of this species native to Mexico is found only in Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco, both adjacent to Mexico City. 

Xochimilco and Chalco are part of a complex of five lakes, between which the Aztecs built Mexico City and around which the city has expanded ever since.

Photo: Courtesy | Mazatlan Aquarium


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