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Source: Reuters

Mexico's axolotl, a cartoon hero and genetic marvel, fights for...

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“Without the axolotl, Mexico would lose part of its culture and identity,” said Luis Zambrano, an urban biologist at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), who leads the team behind the plan.

They flourished for over a thousand years in the lake that once filled the Valley of Mexico, where the Aztec imperial capital and later Mexico City would arise. Today, around 80 percent of the remaining chinampas have been abandoned as farmers seek better wages elsewhere.

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