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Sep. 22nd, 2007

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Get smallish dog food, check.
Get ratlets food, check.

Get to work... working on it!

Sep. 21st, 2007

Kazzy ♥

Oh my! (For Naryu)

NEW: Baiji sighting

A Baiji has possibly been sighted on August 19th in the Yangtze close to Tongling city in Anhui Province.

A man saw a white object swimming in the river and filmed it. Wang Ding from the Institute of Hydrobiology, Wuhan, commented on the film he could not give a 100 percent confirmation since the video was of poor quality and taken from a distance of about 1000 metres away.

The news spread widely over the media. The region is indeed known as a hotspot for Baiji. Scientists of the Institute of Hydrobiology will organise a small survey in the area the film was shot within the next few weeks to conduct further investigations. Should the Baiji sighting be confirmed, it will be crucial to organise an unbureaucratic, well-coordinated capture and transfer the Baiji as soon as possible into the dolphinarium of the Institute of Hydrobiology in Wuhan.

The announcement of the Baiji's functional extinction in December 2006 caused a lively discussion in China about the Baiji issue. It has resulted in an increased public pressure to localise and rescue any possibly remaining Baiji with all available measures. This is why it is very important to verify every sighting. However, even if one or more baiji are left, August Pfluger, CEO of the baiji.org Foundation, and Wang Ding both say they still consider the animal as "functionally extinct." Any surviving baiji are unlikely to be able to find each other for breeding in the huge river and are threatened by ship traffic, overfishing and the increasing degradation of their habitat. In light of these facts, baiji.org is focusing all its efforts on the remaining finless porpoises to prevent them suffering the same fate as the Baiji. The projects in aid of the finless porpoise are concipated in such a way, that they also benefit remaining Baiji, possibly missed at the previous expedition.

Therefore, baiji.org Foundation supports the September survey and is
co-organizing another expedition in 2008.

Jun. 24th, 2007

anthro me

ZOMB Pyre!