The Wild Axolotl is under Threat

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If you wanted to see a wild axolotl, you may be out of luck.
The happy-faced amphibian has long been in a tough spot, because its only native habitat is the muddy network of lakes and canals around Mexico City, which has been threatened by pollution, urban sprawl and competition from invasive species.
The animals’ numbers had been declining for years, and in January, Mexican researchers told the Guardian newspaper that after four months of searching, they could find no axolotls in the wild.
The searches will be repeated before the species is declared extinct in the wild—but from now on, you may not be able to smile back at an axolotl unless you find it in a fish tank or aquarium.
via Ten Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2014 | Science | Smithsonian.

‘The Power of Nature’, Colima.

The votes for the National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest are in.
The prestigious grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico for his hauntingly captivating image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano’s ash cloud.
Velasco’s picture grabbed first place in the nature category as well.
More info: nationalgeographic.com
Pictured Below: Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico

Source: 21 Best Travel Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced By National Geographic, And They’re Amazing | Bored Panda

A Photo Trip to the Yucatán Peninsula,

The Yucatán is a 70,000-square-mile peninsula in southern Mexico, rich with history and life. Its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean have become huge tourist draws, while inland, Maya archaeological sites are still being discovered, some dating back to the fifth century A.D.
The underlying landscape is almost entirely made of limestone, and is punctuated by caverns and occasional sinkholes that have filled with water, called cenotes, sought out by swimmers and cave divers.
Gathered below, a handful of images of Mexico’s Yucatán, from jungle pyramids to peaceful beaches and more.
The pyramid here stands 148 feet (45 meters) high, and is one of the largest known Maya structures remaining. # Iren Key / Shutterstock
Source: A Photo Trip to the Yucatán Peninsula – The Atlantic

Spaik and Libre, Mexico City.

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Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez).
A collaboration between two Gen Y Mexican muralists went up this month for college age festival goers at an electronic dance event in Mexico City that features multiple DJs, carnival rides, laser light shows, and neon accessories.
Here are some shots of the massive wall by Spaik and Libre.
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Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez)
See more via Spaik and Libre Collabo Mural in Mexico City – Brooklyn Street Art.