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Juan Carlos Cantu

Mexico Program Manager
Juan Carlos directs and implements all programs of the Mexico office of Defenders of Wildlife, with focuses on sea turtles, wildlife trade, parrot conservation, marine mammals and mangrove conservation.

Posts By: Juan Carlos Cantu

Military macaw, © Dick Daniels

A Military Victory »

Researchers, local communities and conservation organizations worked together on this exceptional project, which helped protect 22 military macaw nests from poaching this year!

Spiny lizard, © Spacebirdy

A Spiny Problem »

Green iguanas aren’t the only species of these reptiles being exploited. Their cousins, spiny-tailed iguanas, are rapidly becoming popular species in the pet trade, causing no end of trouble for these rare animals in the wild.

vaquita, © Karel Havlicek/National Geographic Creative

Last Hope for the Vaquita »

Last year the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita estimated that fewer than 100 vaquitas were left in the Upper Gulf of California. Fortunately, new measures decreed by the Mexican government are giving the vaquita its last hope to survive.