Published On: Tue, Sep 4th, 2018

Queretaro Expo Aquarium will promote protection and conservation of the Axolotl

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During the fourth edition of Queretaro’s Expo Aquarium, which will take place from September 7 to 9 at the State Educational and Cultural Center, an Axolotario will be assembled, as part of the efforts to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the water bodies of the country and especially in the conservation of the axolotl.

In a statement, it was reported that this montage will recreate a portion of Lake Xochimilco with the habitat conditions of the Ambystoma mexicanum, in order to show attendees how the life of the axolotl takes place without having to travel and submerge in the waters of Mexico’s lakes and rivers.


 

The axolotl, also known as the Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish”, it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City.[1]Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of developing lungs and taking to the land, adults remain aquatic and gilled.


 

This initiative will be supported by the Ecological Restoration Laboratory of the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and will be developed by Science Professor and PhD, Víctor Manuel Ortiz Cruz, considered the best Biotoper of the entire American continent.

In addition, he has won international competitions for recreations of water bodies in Mexico in countries such as the United States, Croatia, Italy, India and Russia.

(Photo: rotativo.com.mx)

(Photo: rotativo.com.mx)

“Aquarism can support the task of conservation of the axolotl, since it is also of ornamental interest, and although it is classified as endangered in the Official Mexican Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, its commercialization is allowed when specimens come from farms certified by the environmental authority ” he mentioned.

The Expo Aquarium Queretaro expects more than 15,000 attendees and will have 50 exhibitors from different parts of the country, as well as lectures on the challenges of aquarism and the future of aquariums in Mexico.

This expo has been held annually since 2014, positioning itself as the largest aquarist event in Mexico, taking place in different cities, such as Mexico City, Querétaro, Morelia, as well as Uruapan and the port of Veracruz, among others.

In each event, an environmental theme has always been developed in order to show aquarism as a tool that delivers environmental education. to the promotion of ecological conscience, the conservation of vulnerable species and animal welfare.

This year’s edition will have as its theme the axolotl, so it will be called “The arrival of God Axolotl.”

Source: rotativo.com.mx



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