Latin America

The Dominican Republic is on a mission to save the manatees

The vast marine mammal is considered crucial to the entire region's ecosystemic balance, and the country is gathering support to help preserve its manatee population

Dominican Republic save manatees
Climate change and extractivism have put 770 plant and animal species in the Dominican Republic face some risk of extinction. Photo: Vladimir Wrangel/Shutterstock

Making up the lion’s share of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is home to a stunning array of biodiversity despite its relatively small size. Indeed, it serves as the habitat to around 13,000 species of plants and animals, thousands of which can only be found there. For every 2,000 square kilometers in the country, the Dominican Republic has an average of five endemic species.

But the nation is also fighting a tough battle against climate change and extractivism, which is jeopardizing the local ecosystem. Official data from the Dominican Environment Ministry says 770 of the country’s...

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