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Saving the Monarch Butterfly

  • Date: 18 April 2023

At WWF, we’re mobilizing around Earth Day this year to raise awareness about the plight of the migratory monarch butterfly – a species known for its beauty as well as its importance as a pollinator. Sadly, migratory monarchs were officially classified as an endangered species in 2022, and last month brought more grim news: the presence of monarch butterflies in their overwinter habitat in Mexico declined by 22% compared to the same time last year. 



WWF-Mexico’s monarch butterfly expert, Eduardo Rendón-Salinas, joins this episode to talk about what makes migratory monarchs special (3:42), the reasons for their decline (16:44), and how individuals can take action to save them (25:25).



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