Yangtze por­poises thrive in 2 reserves

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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.

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