1 Tahrcountry Musings: Efforts on To Rescue Yangtze River dolphin From The Brink

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Efforts on To Rescue Yangtze River dolphin From The Brink

Yangtze River dolphin ( Lipotes vexillifer) in China is probably the world's most endangered mammal. Recent surveys found only 17 living individuals.Efforts are on to rescue this dolphin from the brink. It's been suggested that the only way to save them from dying out is to set up a closely monitored breeding population under semi-natural breeding conditions. A reserve will be set up in oxbow lake. Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has mooted the plan. It is going to be a very expensive proposition. ZSL and its collaborating organisations anticipate the endorsement of their plan, and have started to look for funds. The rescue plan speaks of conducting five dolphin capture operations in the Yangtze within the next three years. Once enough stock has been established the Yangtze River will be restocked.


Rani Majumdar said...

China is passing through a development spree.I sincerely hope that the Chinese authorities will pay attention to environment also.A recent example is the new trans Tibet rail line. Extreme caution is needed to ensure that environment does not get degraded.

Conservationist said...

I think that China is very divided conservationaly. It has done many major projects to improve the environment.It has also done many things that damage it.