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Yuman Desert Fringe-Toed Lizard Considered For Endangered Species Status

Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard
(Photo by Jim Rorabaugh - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard.

Off-road vehicle traffic and residential development in southwestern Arizona could lead to endangered species protection for the Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it will begin a full status review of the reptile and seven other animals in the Southwest.

The move is in response to a 2012 request by Center for Biological Diversity to list the lizard.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.