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Dolphin Study Provides Insight Into History, Conservation Of Species
2013-10-30 10:15:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from Nanjing Normal University and BGI has completed original genomic research on the Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), commonly known as Baiji. The study, published in Nature Communications, provides new insight into the genetic and evolutionary adaptations of dolphins and valuable resources for the conservation of mammals, and in particular, of cetaceans. The baiji has been nicknamed "goddess of the...

How Finless Porpoises Hear In the Yangtze
2013-10-21 13:40:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and it’s also one of the busiest. The amount of traffic in the Chinese waterway can pose a significant problem for animals living there, and a new study by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts has found that the Yangtze’s finless porpoises may have trouble using sound to negotiate their way through the bustling waters. With an estimated 1,000 animals...

New Protected Areas For Dolphins Declared
2012-02-17 04:17:55

New hope for threatened freshwater dolphins in Asia The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem — the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas. The sanctuaries, which were officially declared on January 29, will protect the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins...

2010-11-17 01:00:00

KIEV, Ukraine, November 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Volodymyr Boreiko, a Ukrainian ecologist, came up with an idea to grant citizenship to dolphins. According to him, this will prevent the dolphins from extinction, largely caused by the brutal behavior of humans. This conviction impelled Boreiko to address the President of Ukraine. Also, the Ukrainian ecologist plans to raise the issue internationally. "The attempts of endowing animals with human rights in order to protect them are...

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2010-06-29 13:15:00

Finless porpoises may be more endangered than previously thought. A new study of finless porpoises, a rare type of toothed whale, found that there are two species, not one, and they rarely intermingle. Scientists say that finless porpoises living in the fresh waters of China's Yangtze river are genetically unique, numbering fewer than 1000.  They warn that greater efforts must be made to prevent these animals. The whales inhabit a wide range of tropical and temperate waters...

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2009-07-14 11:30:00

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that critically endangered alligators in China have a new chance for survival. The WCS's Bronx Zoo, in partnership with two other North American parks and the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Management of the State Forestry Administration of China, has successfully reintroduced alligators into the wild that are now multiplying on their own.The alligator hatchlings"”15 in number"”are the offspring of a group of alligators...

2009-03-07 14:14:51

The Chinese government should keep potential polluters away from the Yangtze River by raising regulatory standards there, an official said Saturday. Chen Qinghua, a member of the 11th National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said Beijing ought to retool the industrial layout along the river and raise environmental standards, Xinhua reported. We must set quotas on and raise (the) threshold for potential polluting plants along the Yangtze River to wipe out...

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2008-11-06 15:50:00

The United Nations said recently that man-made threats such as rising populations, felling of forests, hunting, pollution and climate change are all contributing to the world's worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. Yet scientists must undergo endless searching to prove that any individual species has gone the way of the dodo. "If there's one thing in my career I'd like to be proved wrong about, it's the baiji," said Sam Turvey of the Zoological Society...

2008-09-27 09:00:17

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China To Raise Three Gorges Project's Water Level"] YICHANG, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) - China is to begin raising water levels at the Three Gorges Project on Sunday, the developer of the massive water conservancy project announced on Saturday. The trial operation is set to begin at midnight Sunday. The water behind the dam would be raised to an unspecified higher level subject to conditions of...

2008-09-14 00:00:14

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) YICHANG, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) - Chinese experts said Friday that although the Yangtze River was still at flood season, the plan to raise the water level of the Three Gorges Project water to 175 meters in mid-September would not pose any flood control harm. No exact date was given for starting to do so, which is still awaiting approval from the State Council, the country's Cabinet. This broader timetable,...


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Finless Porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides
2013-08-17 13:37:05

The finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) can be found in the coastal waters of Asia. Its range includes China, Indonesia, Korea, India, Japan, and Bangladesh. Its western range extends from the coast if India to the Persian Gulf and a distinct freshwater subspecies resides in the Yangtze River. It prefers to reside in shallow areas along the shore, at depths of up to 160 feet. This population is isolated within its range. A few individuals have been found as far as 99 miles off the...

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2006-09-01 13:00:57

The Boto, Amazon River Dolphin or Pink River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) is a freshwater or river dolphin. It is endemic to the Amazon River and Orinoco River systems. The Boto is the largest of the river dolphins. This species is not to be confused with the Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), whose range overlaps that of the Boto, but which is not a true river dolphin. Another river dolphin is the Baiji. The IUCN lists Amazon Dolphin, Boto Vermelho, Boto Cor-de-Rosa, Bouto, Bufeo, Dauphin de...

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