World Wildlife Fund & One Planet Fund Work To Save China’s Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise From Extinction In The Wild

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Last week, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise Conservation Project was launched in China’s Hubei province. Hikvision will join forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and One Planet Fund (OPF) to provide advanced products and technologies for protection of the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, the only aquatic mammal left in China’s longest river.

When people think of endangered species in China, it’s usually the Giant Panda. However, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise (renowned as the “smiling angel” for their iconic perma-grin) is even closer to extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified the porpoise as “critically endangered,” with only about 1,000 of them remaining in the wild in 2017.

The good news is that more and more people have been working together to conserve the Yangtze River ecosystem. The Yangtze Finless Porpoise Conservation Project is just one example of a group of people fighting to save the Finless Porpoise from extinction in the wild.

By using Hikvision’s equipment, such as underwater cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles, the project will support the nature reserve in monitoring the Yangtze Finless Porpoises’ habits, as well as the hydrobiological environment in an efficient way that will work to improve their protection in the wild.

According to Mr. Lei Gang, Director of WWF Wuhan region, the number of Yangtze Finless Porpoises in this area has grown from only about 20 to nearly 100. However, it still requires joint efforts of governments, enterprises, NGOs and other social organizations to address the severe challenges and prevent those porpoises from going extinct.

As an important technical partner of this project, Hikvision is working closely with other partners to realize effective management of habitat patrol and protection for Yangtze Finless Porpoises. “In recent years, Hikvision has been deeply engaging in sustainable development initiatives, including our efforts to protect the Yangtze Finless Porpoise and the local biodiversity through innovative technologies,” said Mr. Fu Hao, Head of Hikvision Hubei Business Center in China.

To watch the vlog about the protection of the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, CLICK HERE! 

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