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The Importance Of My Passion For The Environment

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My passion for the environment began when I was a young child. I’ve always loved animals and plants, and I look forward to a career where I can help them thrive in their natural environments.

In 2016, I received the greatest blessing anyone could ask for. On Thanksgiving Day, “my son” Mushu arrived on my doorstep, and I instantly fell in love. Mushu is an axolotl, a Mexican salamander. Axolotls are neotenic, which means they’ll stay in their larval form and still sexually mature. Their native habitat (a glacier-fed lake in Mexico City) has become so polluted that scientists predict they will be completely extinct in the wild by 2020. Axolotl populations have increased over the years due to their increase in popularity on the pet trade market. However, many would be happy to see axolotls back in their natural environment as well as in fish tanks and aquariums where their natural environment would be simulated.

If axolotls were to go extinct, it would be unfortunate because axolotls are a marvel of science. One thing that makes axolotls excellent research subjects is their incredible immune systems. Axolotls possess the cells required to regenerate limbs and organs. By studying regeneration in axolotls in depth, we could possibly reverse engineer the technology and create human tissue repair therapies. Another reason why axolotls are exceptional specimens is because they are 1,000 times more resistant to cancer than humans and other mammals. By studying this further, we
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