More about axolotls
Axolotls are amphibians who live underwater. They are unusual because they do not undergo metamorphosis like most other amphibians and instead spend their whole lives in a tadpole-like form.
In the wild, axolotls live in only one place - the lakes of Xochimilco in Mexico - and they are critically endangered due to the impacts of human inhabitation in nearby Mexico City.
They are named after an Aztec God called Xolotl. He was the God of fire and lightening and also of monsters. But axolotls are far from scary. Just look at his smile and pink feathery gills!
They are popular pets, have thousands of dedicated followers on social media and even feature in Minecraft. Axolotls are also used for scientific research due to their amazing regenerative ability: they can grow new limbs and internal organs in a matter of months. How’s that for a demonstration of resilience and creativity?!
You can find out more about axolotls by visiting www.ZSL.org or nationalgeographic.com.
Our axolotl has been donated, along with everything he needs to be happy and healthy, by World of Water in Swindon for the duration of the Book of Hopes exhibition. He is cared for by our team with advice from the knowledgeable staff at World of Water.