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Bolivian River Dolphin Declared New Species

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The Bolivian river dolphin, known locally as the as bufeo, has been acknowledged by the scientific community as a new endemic species for Bolivia. and is now considered an important indicator regarding the quality of the freshwater ecosystemsin its range.


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Tuesday May 6, 2008, 5:51 pm

South America River Dolphin Survey:

This declaration of the Bolivian dolphin as Natural Heritage is one more result of the South American river dolphin census, carried out during 15 months in 2006-07 along 13 rivers of the continent, within 5 countries: in Venezuela, the Orinoco river; in Ecuador, the Cuyabeno, Lagarto, Tasuní and Napo watersheds; in Bolivia, Ichilo, Mamore and Itenez rivers; in Peru, Samiria and Marañon rivers; and in Colombia, the Meta river. Additionally, the Amazon and Javari watersheds (Peru and Colombia) were part of the expedition. The census brought a total figure of 3,188 river dolphins counted, having navigated 3,593 km between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and its tributaries, in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.
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