CHINA BUILDS RARE DOLPHIN RESERVE

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CHINA BUILDS RARE DOLPHIN RESERVE

 user 2006-04-10 at 10:29:00 am Views: 64
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    China builds rare-dolphin reserve
    China is to set up a sanctuary for the highly endangered white dolphin, a species unique to the country.
    The reserve, on the southern coast of China, will include a rescue centre near the city of Zhuhai.
    Pollution
    from factories, paper mills and chemical plants has destroyed much of
    the dolphins’ habitat, the director of the project said.
    Only around 2,000 white dolphins are thought to exist, with most living in the Pearl River estuary.
    The
    reserve, in the eastern province of Fujian, will be about 178 square
    miles (460 square kilometres) with building to begin by the end of the
    year, the Xinhua News Agency said.
    Some 19 white dolphins, also
    called “pandas in the ocean” because of their rarity, have died over
    the past three years as a result of pollutants, Chen Jialin, director
    of the Chinese White Dolphin Natural Reserve, said.