Mexico, a country in the southern part of the North American continent is a very large country with a vast landscape that goes from one ocean to another. As it is a large and varied landscape it is home to many different animals as well. According to Ecology Fund, it’s one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. However, due to the changes in climate and of course man’s encroachment as well there are many animals that are now at the risk of going extinct and are endangered. About thirty species of animals are already classified as extinct and 81 of 101 endangered animals are endemic species, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world, so if they go extinct in Mexico they are forever gone. This is of course something that no one wants to happen and there are many organizations that are doing their best to stop this from happening. Here are a few of the animals that are currently in danger in Mexico, perhaps you can do something to help.
This is one of the largest birds in the world, it has a wingspan of up to two meters and is so impressive to see, both in flight and when perched. It is a very solitary bird that is often alone, while you can find it in parts of both Asia and Europe it is most commonly seen in the Western part of North America. Sadly, it is going extinct because much of its home land has been destroyed. As well as the destruction of its natural prey as well as being hunted by humans. The golden eagle is in fact the national bird for Mexico and was once a commonly seen bird, but due to these problems it is now a rarity to see one in nature.
The adult gray whale grows up to 16 meters in length and can weigh up to 36 tons, meaning it is a huge animal, one of the biggest in the world. Whales often migrate to the warm pacific waters off the west coast of Mexico in the winter months, but less and less of them are being seen in the waters as they were excessively hunted in the early 1900’s. Fortunately whale hunting is banned in most of the world and this is no longer a direct threat, but it is sad to see that they are no longer thriving as they once were.
The intriguing vaquita or “little cow” is a very small and very much engaged cetacean. This unique mammal resembles a porpoise in appearance but is much smaller and sadly it is on the brink of extinction. They are often caught up in the nets of fisherman while they are catching other fish, this typically kills 39–54 of them every year! They are only found in a small area in the Gulf of Californian and they are quiet and peaceful animals, however, if action is not taken they will not be around for much longer.