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So long, and thanks for all the fishing: The sorry story of the Yangtze River dolphin

Given that species become very rare and extremely difficult to find before they die out, can we ever know for sure when things go extinct?

The Yangtze River dolphin or baiji, once venerated as the reincarnation of a drowned princess, was long recognized as one of the world’s rarest and most threatened mammals. Dr Sam Turvey, Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London, describes his efforts to try and save the baiji from extinction. He discusses why almost nothing had been done to conserve them and wonders whether there are any dolphins still left in the Yangtze. If extinct, they would be the first large vertebrate to disappear in fifty years.


Dr Sam Turvey | talks | www


Date and Time:

11 June 2008 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
Rockefeller Building
University Street
020 3108 2052

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