Yangtze porpoises thrive in 2 reserves
The critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise has seen steady growth in two protection reserves in Hubei province since 2015, and its population will exceed 100 by the end of this year, accounting for one-tenth of the total, reserve officials said on May 22. The Tian’ezhou Natural Reserve in Hubei province is home to 90 finless porpoises and is expected to welcome nine newborn calves this year, according to Zhang Zhenhua, head of the reserve. The reserve has worked to protect this species in China through establishing a successful model for other reserves, he says. In addition, the province’ s He wang miao Natural Reserve currently owns 12 porpoises, of which four were transferred from Poyang Lake in late March for better protection, and will see two calves born annually, according to Zhu Binting, head of the reserve.