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Gallery: Emblematic Animals of Latin America

Currently, one of the most urgent needs related to the environment is the protection of biodiversity. Today, on World Earth Day, we are talking about the emblematic species of each country in Latin America..

Andean Condor, Quetzal and Spectacled Bear

Photo: Latin American Post

LatinAmerican Post | María Fernanda Ramírez Ramos

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Countries usually have an emblematic animal that represents them. They are usually related to symbolisms that speak of various legends or traditions of the peoples. For example, as it happens with the famous wolf in Italy that fed Romulus and Rémulus, the founders of Rome. However, they can also be associated with the biodiversity of each country, as tends to happen in the American continent.

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These are endemic species of the area that become national symbols for their extraordinary beauty. Unfortunately, many of the flagship species are on the verge of extinction.

From April 25 to May 8, various governments will meet in Kunming, China, to hold the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, COP15. This is a call to agree on a new global protection framework for the various species. The framework sets out an ambitious plan to transform society's relationship with biodiversity and ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is met.