Jordan is racing against time to save a tiny rare fish from extinction as falling water levels partly triggered by global warming threaten to dry up its last habitat.
The Dead Sea tooth carp has been on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2014.
The union warns the “exploitation of spring waters and climate change” are major threats facing the four-centimeter-long, silver-colored fish.
The Fifa Nature Reserve, said, “It is endemic here and does not exist elsewhere.”
Lying 60 kilometers south of the Dead Sea, the area is the lowest wet reserve on Earth. Established in 2011, the nature park covers some 20 square kilometers. It is located some 426 meters below sea level and is managed by an independent body, the Royal Scientific Society.
Researchers are now preparing to open an artificial pond just for the endangered toothcarp so they can grow safely and their eggs are not devoured by predators.