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A mexican nun, working with the biologists to save endangered salamander

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As a biologist, and a number of nuns, and an endangered species of salamander walk into a lab.

It’s not the start of a bad joke, but it is the story of one of the monasteries’ need to save an endangered species is on the brink of extinction.

The Lake Pátzcuaro salamander can only be found in some of the world’s third-largest lake. According to some estimates, the total population is around 100 reptiles and amphibians, the National Geographic said in a recent report.

A few of the Ambystoma dumerilii tadpoles, it is popularly known as achoque, as shown in the fish tanks where they are bred in captivity, at the Our lady of Health and convent, in Patzcuaro, Michoacan state, central Mexico, on the 22nd of August, 2018. The neotenic salamander, an endemic species in the Patzcuaro Lake, is in danger of extinction, due to pollution of the water. About 400 specimens of this species of amphibians can be cared for in the convent, where the nuns make the achoque cough syrup for the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system and even to anemia. (Photo by ENRIQUE CASTRO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ENRIQUE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Omar Domínguez, a conservation biologist at the Morelia is Michoacan University, recently told the journal that the animals could become extinct within the next 20 to 30 years of age. However, a new conservation program under the direction of the Domínguez was able to change that outcome.

Gerardo Garcia, a City Zoo, an expert involved in the programme to visit Mexico in 2014, and are encouraged to meet with the Sisters of the Convent of the dominicans, who, for the last 150 years or so have been working on the breeding of rare lizards, as they are considered to be an important ingredient in a medicinal product that is to be used, by the sisters of the mind, to cure cough, asthma, and sickle-cell anemia.

An Ambystoma dumerilii salamander, popularly known as achoque, will be shown at the aquarium, where they are bred in captivity, at the Our lady of Health and convent, in Patzcuaro, Michoacan state, central Mexico, on the 22nd of August, 2018. The neotenic salamander, an endemic species in the Patzcuaro Lake, is in danger of extinction, due to pollution of the water. About 400 specimens of this species of amphibians can be cared for in the convent, where the nuns make the achoque cough syrup for the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system and even to anemia. (Photo by ENRIQUE CASTRO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ENRIQUE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

A handful of nuns living and working at a breeding facility in which the tanks, with a capacity of up to 400 tadpoles. According to the report, which is sure to feed the reptiles and amphibians of organic earth, and using a nearby well-to change the tank water regularly.

“They have got a fresh setting, a fresh harvest foods, and they also have a fully dedicated staff members,” Garcia said. “It’s just what they need to know. You almost create a perfect environment for the endangered and threatened species.”

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The community link, the salamanders and newts for breeding, and the ability of the animals to monitor.

None of the animals in captivity have been released into the lake. It’s a process, ” Garcia said it may take up to a year.

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