Anteater: Also called beehive bear, this mammal is in Categoy 2 Conservation status on the CONAP list of threatened species. Deforestation is the main problem they face. Photo: Tom Murray.
Motagua iguana: Endemic species of the semi-arid region of the Motagua Valley. Mainly threatened by land use change, illegal trade and hunting.
Red macaw: lives in humid tropical forests. Some sightings of this species have been made in Petén department in national parks. Photo: Weimar Meneses
Tapir: Also known as danto or danta, this mammal lives in humid tropical forests. It was previously found in territories in the Pacific by the volcanic chain and the southern coast, however in the 50’s they became extinct in this area. Photo: Marie van Dieren
Jaguar: They are distributed in 58% of the national territory, of which 47.2% is protected areas. There is little unprotected territory in which this species can be found. Photo: Frida Bredesen.
Black crocodile: It’s found in the northern part of the country, it lives in swamps, rivers and lagoons. Also known as Petén crocodile, mayans associated it with the fertility of the soil. They’re threatened by hunting due to the use of their skin and also by the advance of the agricultural frontier. Photo: Bernard Dupont.
White Turtle: It is on the guatemalan red list of endagered species. It’s status is due to the fact it is used locally as a gastronomic dish.
Howler monkey: It is an endemic species in the southeast of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala or the Maya region. It’s habitat is the tropical forests, many of which have been deforested, this and hunting are the main threats they suffer. Photo: Victor.
Manatee. It’s a mammal of the trichechidae family. In Guatemala some manatees are found in Lake Izabal. This animal is big and can reach 425 pounds of weight and three meters long, it is an herbivorous animal.
Salamandra de los Cuchumatanes: Endemic species from Huehuetenango, critically endangered. It was considered extinct due to the unsustainable coffee growing. Photo: Todd Pierson.
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT DAY: MEET 10 ENDAGERED ANIMAL SPECIES IN GUATEMALA