Subject: Chinese River Dolphins

Nancy Stevick (Nancy.Stevick@btinternet.com)
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 17:58:26 +0100

On  05 June 1999 03:46, Jennifer Vaughan wrote:


>I was wanting to know how many or about how many Chinese River dolphins
there
>are left in the world
>
>Your Whale supporter Jennifer Vaughan

Dear Jennifer,

In 1994, experts believed that there were about 300 baiji, or Chinese river
dolphins left.  By 1997, population estimates had declined to about 100.
Habitat destruction, poaching, entanglement in fishing gear and ineffective
capture and rehabilitation attempts have all contributed to the decline of
this species.  I would encourage you to write to the IUCN/SSC Cetacean
Specialist Group at either of these addresses for more information:

   c/o Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
or

27 Chandler Lane, Hudson, Quebec  J0P 1H0, Canada.

There is on-line information on this species as well.  Here are a couple of
sites to get you started.

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/china/stories/dam120997.htm

http://www.irn.org/pubs/wp/dolphin.html

Best Wishes,

Nancy Stevick