December, 2003

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Emigration Protection of the Yangtze Finless Porpoise Succeeds

With the guidance of Ministry of Agriculture and CAS, and support from the local government, after 10 years efforts, emigration protection of the Yangtze finless porpoise has reached its primary success.

The scientists of CAS Institute of Hydrobiology located Lake Niu'er in Hubei Province, which was originally a part of the Yangtze River. Its eco-system and bio-resources fit well with the need of the Yangtze finless porpoise and the Chinese river dolphin. In the past 10 years, the Yangtze finless porpoise reside and breed normally in the lake, a complete life circle has been established. At present, there are a group of 20 Yangtze finless porpoise, 7 female, 13 male and 4 infants. A self-reproduction group has been in place, which is the first successful example of Emigration Protection of cetacean in the world.

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