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Bolivia to protect river dolphins

2012-09-19 19:01

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a law to protect Amazon river dolphins, which many researchers say are at risk.

The new law bans fishing for the freshwater dolphins and encourages programs to protect them and their habitats, which have been damaged by erosion, pollution and woodcutting in the river basins.

The president announced the law on Tuesday along the shores of the Ibare river in Bolivia's Amazon region.

The dolphins are often pink and have longer snouts than their saltwater cousins. They can weigh 30kg to 40kg.

Comments
  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-19 20:49

    Yay thanks Bolivia for setting an example to your and our children to consider wildlife.

  • hengu.willemse - 2012-09-20 07:08

    good news I'm happy for this.

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-20 07:48

    At last, a country's leader who appreciates the indiginous wildlife and is prepared to protect it. What a pity more countries can't act the same way. Congratulations Bolivia, seems you have a President who cares and can set an example to other world leaders!!!

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