A group of researchers from Japan, the United States and Europe has developed with China a three-year plan to save the endangered Chinese river dolphin
from extinction, group members said.
A bit larger than West Virginia, that swath of China is home to more than 6,300 species of plants--57 of which are endangered--and many rare animals such as the Chinese river dolphin
, which is unique to the Yangtze.
Zhu said the white-flag dolphin -- otherwise known as the baiji, the Chinese river dolphin
, the Yangtze river dolphin and the white-fin dolphin --is even more precious than the giant panda in terms of number, and urgent efforts are needed to protect it from becoming extinct before it is too late.